This year’s SEMA show proved you can either “go big or go home,” as auto glass companies brought the latest products to the convention center during the four-day event.
Glass Mechanix Solutions had a variety of products on display.
“We really focused on starter kits. We have some that are more advanced and have more items. We have seen our resins and headlight restoration options becoming more popular with a lot of people who have come by to visit our booth as well,” said Ryan Worley, account manager.
Delta Kits’ sales manager Korey Gobin, focused on windshield repair education.
“It’s refreshing to see the diversity of business owners represented at the show this year, we’ve been having a lot of fun just educating people about windshield repair and the options that are available,” said Gobin.
When asked what knowledge was being shared with attendees, he said, “explaining what kinds of breaks and cracks are actually repairable instead of automatically going with a windshield replacement.”
Delta Kits also had a repair demonstration where guests could practice doing a windshield repair.
“It’s great to see so many customers interested in getting hands on training for auto glass repairs at the show, I think it just adds to the overall awareness our industry is working to obtain,” Gobin said.
Duncan Systems Inc. (Duncan) showcased its new damage estimating software. According to the company’s insurance services director, Matthew Marks, the new software is very user friendly and simplifies RV auto glass claims.
“The goal was to make everything easy to understand while providing a product that will be able to be utilized for years to come. The new software has the ability to create professional estimates, has 24/7 tech support, and is backed by insurance companies,” he said.
According to Marks, the company also offers educational programs for those looking to train their staff on its systems.
Equalizer gained interest from many with its new easy to use windshield repair product, the Terminator.
“The Terminator is the first of its kind,” said Gilbert Gutierrez, global education director.
“It’s an easy to use automated repair system that takes minutes to start and complete a repair. It even allows you to pick the type of crack or break and tells you how much time it will take to repair it. Don’t worry about combination breaks as it can detect those too.”
The idea, according to the company, is to have the tool do a full repair and assist shops.
“Let’s just say a shop has a few technicians out on a job and their CSR is left in the shop and a customer walks in and needs a repair. Not every CSR might have the training to do a repair by themselves, but this gives them the option to service the customer instantly and handle it themselves with minimal training required. We now have a product that fills a need for the industry,” said Gutierrez.
The SEMA show concluded last Friday.