Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:12

Auto Glass Shortage Requires Creativity to Persevere

Written by Rebecca Barnabi, glassBYTEs.com


...roof and windshield damage from the wear and tear of miles driven.


“Windshields and roofs are obviously major safety features [to repair],” Navant said.


Don’s Mobile has bought cars from local rent-a-car lots just to get the glass and install it in customer vehicles.


“It’s an opportunity and a headache for glass shops,” Navant said of the glass shortage. For shops who prepared for the shortage, business is good, but not for shops that were unprepared.


Navant said Don’s Mobile has a good inventory and in early 2020 a staff member saw a shortage of tools and shower doors, so the company stocked up. They also stocked up on auto glass, and now glass companies around the U.S. are calling asking to purchase inventory.


A perfect storm of various factors created the glass shortage including labor issues and the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I don’t think there’s one thing we can point at [as the cause],” Navant said.


And he sees the supply getting tighter and tighter in the next year to year and a half before manufacturers can catch up.


“I think we’re in for an interesting next year to year and a half,” he said.


“Just trying to be forward thinking and purchase as much glass as we can when it’s available,” Navant said. He added everyone in the auto glass industry should keep clear heads, stay positive and reach out to each other “until the world rights itself.”


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