New Jersey AGRR Demand Drops Due to Cut in State Vehicle Inspections

New Jersey auto glass repair and replacement companies say business is down after the state changed its vehicle inspection policy to end mechanical inspections for license renewal. As was the case in Memphis, New Jersey officials cut the program to save money—meaning no more inspections of auto glass.

“I believe it’s had a really big effect on us,” says Tommy Aciz, owner of All County Glass in Jersey City, N.J. “You see people driving around with cracked windshields. Police are supposed to pull over drivers who have obstructed vision because it can cause accidents, but they aren’t doing it.

“We used to do 20 to 25 vehicles a day,” he add. “Now we are down to five to seven vehicles a day. Business has really gone down. Our residential work is what’s keeping us here and in business. If we relied on auto we’d be out of business.”

Frank Mo, owner of Sun Auto Glass in Englewood, N.J., says the lack of mechanical inspections has not just hurt the auto glass companies, but it’s impacted auto body businesses as well.

“This has hit us pretty hard,” he explains. “It’s a very bad decision by politicians who want to save money. It not only impacts glass shops but it impacts repair shops as well. It’s an all over impact [in the state]. The downfall in our business is significant. We’ve lost between 15 to 20 percent of our gross profit.”

A customer service representative who answered the phone at Valley Glass Service in Woodland, N.J. says his company has ended most of its auto glass work.

“It’s not a big part of our business anymore,” he points out.

“Inspection for mechanical defects on passenger vehicles (e.g., cracked windshield) is no longer required,” according to a state inspection website. Emissions testing continues in the state.

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2 Responses to New Jersey AGRR Demand Drops Due to Cut in State Vehicle Inspections

  1. rob d says:

    As a windshield repair only business in NJ for 17 years I can verify that business took a severe hit after the inspection changes. All automotive repair shops felt it. The irony to me is that while the governor said the state would save $13 million, I would bet that the lost sales tax revenue amounts to a pretty large sum that could severely lessen those yearly savings.

  2. BIGAL says:

    OUR STATE STOPED BACK IN THE LATE 70’S OR EARLY 80’S FORTUNATLEY WE HAVE NO DEDUCTIBLES HERE BUT LET ME SAY THIS IF THE WINDSHIELD IS SO IMPORTANT A SAFTEY DEVICE AND I KNOW IT IS, THEN WHY DOES AGRSS (AND OTHER FOLKS) JUST SIT BY AND WATCH THESES TYPES OF THINGS HAPPEN. THEY CANT POLICE THE WORLD BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN AGRSS REALLY DO ANYTHING FOR MY BUSINESS (OR ANY OTHER GLASS SHOP) OTHER THAN COLLECT MY $1000. HMMM…. SAFETY??

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