Glass.net Provides Updated and Expanded Comparison Tool To Allow Consumers to Avoid Insurance Steering

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Glass.net, a leading marketplace for auto glass replacement, announces that its newly updated and expanded online quote comparison tool can be used by consumers to avoid insurance steering. A problem documented and still being investigated from early 2014, insurance steering is a practice that is often harmful to consumer safety, a deterrent to healthy auto marketplace competition, and an attempt by certain insurance companies to reduce costs associated with auto repairs at the risk of defective quality parts and service techniques.

As reported by the Mississippi Business Journal on March 19, 2015 (http://msbusiness.com/blog/2015/03/19/hood-asks-u-s-for-probe-of-insurers-steering-of-customers/), the Mississippi Attorney General, Jim Hood, has released a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him to "investigate allegations that some insurance companies’ are 'steering' auto policyholders to certain repair shops and coercing those shops to use inferior replacement parts. The intent of those practices is to pad the insurers’ bottom line.”

Insurance “steering” is a newly recognized questionable practice of auto insurance companies giving the strong impression to their customers that they can only use a singular pre-picked company by the insurance company to repair or replace parts of their vehicle. It has been found since early 2014 that many times the selected service companies and parts by these insurance companies are defective. Most consumers are unaware that they even have the choice to select who services their car, as well as the quality of parts or service technicians that are used for their vehicle.

Leading auto glass replacement marketplace, Glass.net, has announced it is taking extra efforts to improve the education of consumers in the face of insurance companies’ partial consumer-advocacy.

More than 15 million Americans need to replace their windshield or other auto glass every year. The auto glass of a vehicle is an integral aspect of the vehicle’s overall safety. Not only does it keep the vehicle insulated, give it better aerodynamics, and protect the viewing area of the driver–it also makes up to 60% of the vehicle cabin’s overall strength.

“If a vehicle has poor quality glass or was poorly installed, it compromises the structural envelope of the vehicle, as well as the safety of the driver and passengers of the car,” says Glass.net General Manager, Stephan Westcott. “Glass.net was specifically created to educate consumers before they make an important decision regarding their driving safety–the replacement of their auto glass. Insurance steering strips choice from consumers, allowing a small group of companies to stagnate innovation, cut corners, and falsely inflate prices thanks to a lack of competing products and prices, which also hurts the ability of smaller and independent shops to grow and compete. Glass.net wants what is best for the consumer, and what’s best for the auto marketplace as a whole–which is why we offer our free comparison tool that connects local shops directly with consumers. Shops can compete based on price and their listed merits for the trust and dollars of the consumer–a truly consumer-driven marketplace.”

Glass.net is an online glass replacement quote comparison marketplace that lists up to 3 quotes from competing independent local auto shops, with details of the type of service offered and previous customer reviews. Most of the shops within Glass.net’s network have been approved to accept insurance as payment from their customers. Consumers can readily use Glass.net to educate and empower themselves before making a buying decision that affects their driving safety. In the last 6 months, Glass.net has diligently worked to update their comparison tool for ease of use, listing more critical information for consumers to easily access, and expanding their network of approved independent auto glass shops.

“Our recently updated and expanded price comparison tool is truly a win-win-win situation. Shops get the exposure needed to compete in the marketplace; consumers are empowered with information before they make a buying decision; insurance companies can still approve or disapprove a shop for payment. This keeps quality standards high, safety at the forefront of everyone’s decision making process, and prices within a lower and more competitive range,” Mr. Westcott concludes, regarding the benefits of the Glass.net comparison marketplace.

Consumers can find the free auto glass comparison marketplace at http://www.glass.net. Shops that wish to join the network of listed providers can start the qualification process by submitting their information to the Glass.net team at http://www.glass.net/shops/application.

Glass.net is the nation’s leading online auto glass marketplace, empowering consumers with instant auto glass replacement quotes from independent providers of vehicle glass repair and replacement services. Glass.net, through its auto glass network, provides consumers with instant auto glass replacement quotes from high-quality local providers. This allows consumers to compare, contrast, and select the one that best fits their needs. Glass.net's nationwide network of quality independent auto glass specialists all offer free mobile service. The Walla Walla, WA-based company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Honex Interactive Industries, LLC.

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