A1 Custom Auto Glass and Electronics in Manalapan Township, N.J., does routine repair and replacement work for customers daily. But a glass replacement job on a 2019 Tesla Model 3 this month proved to be more extensive than usual.
“We received a call from a customer stating that [the windshield, sunroof and backlite] were broken,” said Kenneth Evola, owner of A1 Custom Auto Glass and Electronics. “Once we got there, we learned that there was a tree that had fallen on it. We did our thing—we cut [the glass] out, cleaned it up and got it back into working order.”
Thankfully, the Tesla was parked when it came in contact with the tree and no one was harmed.
“It was an unusual amount of damage,” Evola said. “None of the structural supports were broken, but the [tree] limbs had punctured the glass all the way across.”
Evola said it was the most damaged Tesla he had worked on. His team replaced the windshield, sunroof and backlite in three to four hours, noting no terminal damage.
“Once we cut all the glass out, the structure looked sound on it,” Evola said. “We cut it all out, cleaned it up and put the new glass in and it was a done deal.”
Tesla has made several industry headlines this week. Teslarati reports that the manufacturer’s new 1,020-horsepower Tesla Model S Plaid electric sedan will incorporate a new type of automotive glass from supplier AGP, which collaborates “closely with the companies that are leading the new wave of the electric and autonomous vehicles of tomorrow.”