Thanks to A Plus Windshield Repair and Headlight Restoration Georgia’s landfills are receiving a little less plastic and glass. A Plus is helping the environment by refurbishing cloudy and yellowing headlight lenses and fixing cracked windshields.
It’s a cost-effective alternative for consumers, saving them hundreds of dollars. Replacement can run six times the cost of repair. But even beyond the significant savings of refurbish and
repair, environmentally conscious consumers must be educated on the smart choice of repair over replacement. Statistically, most car owners will be faced with either a windshield repair or
a headlight lens replacement over the life span of their vehicle. Given the number of cars on the road in Metro Atlanta, the consumer costs and the environmental impact is considerable.
Modern headlight lenses are no longer made of glass. Instead, they are made of polycarbonates, which like all plastics are “downcyclable” and not recyclable.
Drivers also need to be educated on the safety hazard presented by discolored headlights and cracked windshields, said A Plus founder Bernard Cook, who wants consumers to understand
they have responsible options to replacement.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says discolored headlights not only limit driver visibility, but they also increase glare for oncoming drivers leading to accident
conditions. In most cases, those headlights and cracked windshields can be fixed.
“That’s why I try to educate customers about repairing and refurbishing,” Cook said. “If you call your dealership and tell them you need another headlight, they are going to charge you
anywhere from $300 to $600. With me, it’s going to cost you about $100.”
Cook charges just a fraction of the $1,600 some companies charge to replace a windshield by repairing cracks of up to 12 inches. The finished work, whether it’s to a windshield or headlight,
looks not like a brand new product, Cook said.
“I just had my headlights restored, and wow, what a difference,” according to a Google customer review. “Mr. Bernard Cook came the same day I called, explained the difference about replacing new ones (versus) restoration. He was very friendly and professional. I would highly recommend him. Job well done.”
About Bernard Cook: For more than 15 years, Bernard Cook worked to save at-risk youth in his community, most recently as director of the Dallas Austin Foundation, Inc. in Atlanta, GA.
A Fulton County resident, Cook holds a bachelor’s degree from S.C. State University and a master’s degree in business from Georgia State University.