“Finding a reputable auto repair shop has become increasingly difficult in recent years, though that problem has always existed, in all fairness. This includes glass repair shops, which Ford has long been critical of for not installing replacement glass properly, a problem that could prove potentially dangerous for a number of reasons. Now, The Blue Oval has launched the new Ford Certified Glass Network in an effort to combat these botched installations.
“The Ford Certified Glass Network supports glass replacement companies who seek to be differentiated in the market by achieving our certification requirements. It is an exciting opportunity for us to work closely with the auto glass repair and replacement industry,” said Jennifer Boyer, Director of Strategy and Business, Ford Customer Service Division.
The Ford Certified Glass Network (FCGN) was created to ensure that replacement glass has the same fit, function, safety, and structural integrity as OEM glass, which is built and tested to function as part of a system. OEM glass is designed to not only provide structural support in the event of an accident, but also clear, undistorted vision for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including Lane-Keeping, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Auto High-Beam Headlamps.”
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While many consumers likely see this new certification program as a positive, it might not make sense for all auto glass shops. For instance, the costs associated with this program may not be worth the investment. As an example, shops that have perfectly capable tools for performing installations and calibrations would be required to purchase Ford’s proprietary tools.
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