“Chris Eden, the Owner of Eden Auto Glass and Tint which is located in Southeast Memphis, said various factories and manufacturers have had to put a stop or slow down glass production, making it extremely difficult for auto shops to meet demands. He said 50% of his business comes from people needing to fix glass that’s broken or cracked.
“We can’t get probably 40 to 50% of the windshield or door glasses people call in for and within this area,” Eden said.
Supply shortages don’t help the situation, but neither does a rash of car burglaries. Eden said the glass shortage is especially tough since there’s a lot of break-ins. In fact, two weeks ago more than a dozen cars were broken into at the Hogan Truck Leasing and Rental in Southeast Memphis. Eden said crime sprees like that sometimes has him turning customers away.
“It use to be, if I had to order it out of town I can get it within a week a two and I can tell you the month and time it’s going to come in, now I can’t even tell you the month it’s going to come in,” he said;”
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Here in the Twin Cities, car break-ins and vandalism have risen in recent years as well. Fortunately, not as bad as on the west coast of the U.S. where some residents actually put signs on their cars stating they are unlocked for thieves to steal! Now that supply-chain issues have started to affect the auto glass market, many shops are left dealing with frustrated customers as best as possible.
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