OSKALOOSA – Fas-Break has made it’s way back to Oskaloosa to take care of you windshield repair needs and under the same management they were under when they left.
Fas-Break, a windshield repair and replacement company, first made an appearance in southeast Iowa in 2004 when franchise owner Joe Mahaffey moved to Oskaloosa and bringing his mobile business with him. Business was going so well for Mahaffey that he decided to add on an additional service replacing windshields when necessary in 2012.
“I started my first franchise out Colorado in 1989 and then we moved back down here in 2004 and I started another Fas-Break franchise; I basically transferred the business down here,” he said. “We went into the full windshield repair business in 2012, so we were doing replacements and windshield repairs.”
Mahaffey, a disabled veteran, found that windshield replacement was much harder on him since he worked by himself and in 2013 Mahaffey was faced with the tough decision of closing the doors on his business. In August, Mahaffey decided it was time to open shop again.
“I decided that I wanted to open up my windshield repair business again this year,”Mahaffey said, “so we opened up again in August this year and we strictly do windshield repairs.”
While the mobile business owner is no longer offering the windshield replacement service, he has decided to expanded his businesses coverage in Oskaloosa from a 60-mile radius to 70 mile radius of the city. If it is determined that your vehicle is in need of a replacement and can’t be repaired, Mahaffey will refer you to a fellow Fas-Break business owner that travels to Oskaloosa from Carroll, Iowa every two weeks on Fridays.
Although Fas-Break Oskaloosa specializes in repairing rock chips, they can fix cracks up to eight inches in length. Mahaffey says Fas-Break services are all Department of Transportation approved and the repaired area is left stronger than it was before it was damaged.
According to Mahaffey, the colder seasons are much harder on your windshield.
“This time of year is is extremely hard on windshields, especially if you have a rock chip, and it’s maybe starting to spread,” he said. “Try to avoid, if at all costs, using your defroster. When you have a vehicle that is set outside and it’s cold wind shoulders cold way to frost the windshield and your engine warms up you’re throwing all that heat on a cold windshield. And the difference in temperatures can cause your windshield to crack. So we, we always try to recommend you know this time of year.”
Mahaffey also suggests that if you can’t afford to get the damage fixed immediately, you cover the rock chip/ crack with a piece of tape to keep debris and moisture out of the damaged area, as those elements can make the repair much more difficult.
Taking into consideration his experience in the windshield repair business, Mahaffey said when customers have full coverage, 99 percent of insurance companies will waive comprehensive deductible costs and take care of the repair themselves and customer walk away paying nothing.
Fas-Break Oskaloosa is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mahaffey can be reached at (641) 670-1882.