Mobile Windshield Replacement is Becoming the Norm in Arizona During the Pandemic
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to spike worldwide, in the U.S. and Arizona. New cases in the U.S. have exceeded 200,000 per day in December. Arizona has crossed the half-million case mark, and Maricopa County leads the state with over 300,000 cases. Although bars, movie theaters, and gyms remain open, occupancy restrictions and face masks are required. The coronavirus has impacted virtually everyone’s lives everywhere throughout the state.
In this article, we review a few of the profound ways the lives of Arizonans have been disrupted and how we are adapting to this new normal, such as through mobile auto glass replacement instead of in-person service.
COVID’s Nearly Universal Impact
A recent Pew Research Center study found that nearly nine of ten adults say their lives have been changed somehow by the virus, with almost half of all respondents saying their lives have changed dramatically.
Consumer Reports conducts monthly surveys of nearly three thousand American adults regarding their level of concern with COVID. Those surveyed are a representative sample of Americans, and as seen in the chart below, their numbers are increasing.
Reprinted from Consumer Reports
Adaptations Related to the Pandemic
Not every behavioral change related to COVID-19 has been negative; some simply represent a new way of doing things; in some instances, change has been for the good. One of the most prevalent changes is people are shopping online far more. With many people staying at home more and traveling less, they find they are spending less money, and like it.
The Avoidance Adaptation
Avoidance has become a thing during the pandemic. You can almost define the coronavirus by the things we now avoid, such as:
- Public Transportation
- Air Travel
- Bars & Restaurants
- Movie Theaters
- Shopping in Brick and Mortar
- Religious Services
We’ve been trained to avoid large gatherings, particularly indoors, resulting in the cancellation of Holiday parties, even those with friends and family.
Your Safe Haven During the Pandemic
Quarantines, lockdowns, school closures, and working remotely have turned your home into your sanctuary during the pandemic. We adapt, garages become gyms, dining rooms serve as study halls, spare bedrooms morph into offices. And guess what, people find they can be as productive, perhaps even more productive working from home in a dress shirt and pajama bottoms.
Dining-In During the Pandemic
Although many bars and restaurants in AZ are now open, with limited seating capacity, many Americans have not dined out since the early days of the pandemic. Instead, they engage in takeout, curbside pick-up, home delivery, or cook at home. Many people find they are now cooking more of their meals, avoiding processed foods, and saving money.
Telehealth and Other Adaptations in a Pandemic
Many people in Arizona still feel safe visiting their doctor in person; however, telehealthcare is expanding and may be here to stay. In addition to improved access to care, there is reduced exposure to the disease for patients and the medical staff.
As a result of the pandemic, we now know how to wash our hands properly and are encouraged to do so frequently. Words of the Year for 2020 simply must include “social distancing” and “personal protective equipment” (PPE); in other words, wear a mask.
The Pandemic and the Auto Industry
Since auto repairs are considered essential in Arizona, the service departments at most major dealerships remain open. Realizing that safety is paramount to consumers during the pandemic, most service departments follow CDC guidelines, with some offering to pick up your vehicle at your home, perform the necessary repairs at their shop, and return the car to your home.
Mobile Windshield Replacement Has Become the Norm in Mesa, AZ During COVID
Auto repair businesses like SunTec Windshield Replacement Mesa, Arizona, have seen specialized services like mobile windshield replacement become the ideal choice for customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being safer, washing their hands more often, social distancing, and staying away from others whenever possible. During COVID, SunTec can even provide same-day mobile windshield replacement at a client’s choice of the location while adhering to CDC guidelines – and with virtually no human interaction.
To Your Home
The mobile auto glass technicians come to your home in Mesa or other Arizona cities at no additional cost and usually finish a repair or replacement within one hour or less. These windshield and auto glass companies offer contact-less service and complete the repair in your garage or any shaded area. SunTec technicians can also replace broken, shattered, or cracked rear auto glass or side windows.
To Your Workplace
For essential Arizona workers currently on the job, windshield technicians can perform repairs at your workplace. When the technician arrives, you simply leave your car in the parking lot, under the shade of a tree, or in the parking garage. Leave your car unlocked, and there is no contact needed until your signature after a completed installation.
To Your Office
If it’s more convenient, a technician can perform contact-less repairs or replace any cracked or shattered auto glass, windshield, rear or side windows at your office. Professional Mesa, AZ businesses, like SunTec, will use only OEM and OEM-equivalent glass products, as well as experienced technicians who ensure fit and finish, are ideal.
Other COVID Related Trends in the Auto Industry
There are several other “megatrends” in the automotive industry related to COVID-19:
- Consumers are shopping for their cars online
- The increased popularity of electronic vehicles
- A booming used car market
Arizona car buyers are avoiding the dealer’s showroom, personal contact, and the salesperson’s tactics and buying remotely. Why travel to a Mesa dealer when there is greater selection on the internet and your new vehicle can be delivered directly to your door?
EV sales and especially EV stocks have gained traction during the pandemic and are poised for a breakout year in 2021. Many electric vehicle automakers are accelerating their launch plans for new models. Bloomberg predicts that by 2022 there will be over 500 available EV models.
Used car sales and prices have increased due to limited inventories and increased demand. Typically, over time used-car values decline due to depreciation. But in this crazy year of 2020, used cars are appreciating, as evidenced by a 15.3% price increase from December 2019.
A Light at the End of the Tunnel
We are optimistic that Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines mark the beginning of a return to something near normalcy. Their warp-speed development has left some consumers less than 100% confident in their efficacy. However, as first responders receive the vaccine with few reported adverse reactions, confidence and supply will grow, hopefully providing a light at the end of the COVID tunnel.
In the meantime, mobile windshield repair and replacement services will continue to dominate in Arizona; providing a safer means to get customer’s automobiles fixed and back on the road.