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DempsterGlass 32 years-Auto Glass Replacement, Rock Chip Repair & Headlight Restoration. Autos, RVs, Boats, Heavy Equipment
Mobile service for the Flathead Valley.

I have been working on cars since I was a little kid with my uncle and dad building hot rods. I've learned every aspect of auto repair and modifications over my lifetime. Shortly after graduating high school I started working in the auto glass trade in Jan of 1990. After many years of working for and managing stores for a few national glass companies I went to work for a smaller local family comp

I have been working on cars since I was a little kid with my uncle and dad building hot rods. I've learned every aspect of auto repair and modifications over my lifetime. Shortly after graduating high school I started working in the auto glass trade in Jan of 1990. After many years of working for and managing stores for a few national glass companies I went to work for a smaller local family comp

Operating as usual

The turkeys and pheasants are playing their spring game of dodge car along the roadways. Keep your eyes open. This custo...
03/31/2021

The turkeys and pheasants are playing their spring game of dodge car along the roadways.
Keep your eyes open. This customer wasn’t so lucky.

Celebrating 31 years in the Auto Glass Business. Thank you to all my wonderful customers.
01/10/2021

Celebrating 31 years in the Auto Glass Business.
Thank you to all my wonderful
customers.

Tomorrow is race day. Gonna shred some dirt.
12/06/2020

Tomorrow is race day. Gonna shred some dirt.

Tis was the night before the rally..

Just a friendly Public Service Announcement.  Be careful loading things in the bed of your truck. Most newer trucks toda...
05/06/2020

Just a friendly Public Service Announcement. Be careful loading things in the bed of your truck.
Most newer trucks today have power sliders. These units are not cheap to replace. Make sure you have good insurance coverage or a stack of Benjamin’s on hand to get fixed and I only use factory parts.

I get to work on some cool stuff. Family heirloom. Was once a hot rod then restored back to its original form in spectac...
12/03/2019

I get to work on some cool stuff.
Family heirloom. Was once a hot rod then restored back to its original form in spectacular fashion both times by their dad.
1931 Chevy Cabriolet.

Pretty cool to see this 88 4Runner being brought back to a nice looking condition with a fresh coat of paint and some ne...
10/23/2019

Pretty cool to see this 88 4Runner being brought back to a nice looking condition with a fresh coat of paint and some new glass.
Best part is it’s a factory turbo diesel.
Only the second one I’ve ever seen.

05/16/2019
Child Bridge

Such an AMAZING organization helping children find a loving home.
I donate a percentage of my profit to them.
So when you use me for your auto glass needs, you’re helping as well.

https://www.facebook.com/ChildBridgeMontana/

Child Bridge, Inc., is a faith-based, 501c3 non-profit organization that finds and equips foster and adoptive families for Montana children in need.

New windshield going into this nice  72 Pontiac.
05/03/2019

New windshield going into this nice 72 Pontiac.

What a beautiful day to be out in the field replacing windshields. Another one for Flathead Sheriff. A clean new windshi...
03/20/2019

What a beautiful day to be out in the field replacing windshields.
Another one for Flathead Sheriff.
A clean new windshield makes it easier for them to see the bad guys they’re chasing down.

Great cause and a great organization.I donate a percentage of my profits to these amazing people helping children.
11/21/2018
Only in Bigfork

Great cause and a great organization.
I donate a percentage of my profits to these amazing people helping children.

We're creating a very special holiday window display and need your help! When you submit a postcard with your Christmas wish, Jennifer Shelley Realtor and PureWest Real Estate will donate $1 to Child Bridge, up to $700. We can't wait to see your creative submissions!

Have you purchased your tickets yet for the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce 12 Days of Christmas?Tickets are 1 f...
11/14/2018

Have you purchased your tickets yet for the Columbia Falls Area Chamber of Commerce 12 Days of Christmas?
Tickets are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at Whitefish Credit Union, Berube Physical Therapy, or Glacier Distilling Company.
There are 78 prizes to win including a $250 gift certificate from me for any service DempsterGlass offers.
Get your tickets before November 30th

***Prize Notice: December 6th prizes for the 12 Days of Christmas with the Columbia Falls Area Chamber. 7 Winners Today! Tickets are only 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Follow our event for more information!

1. $250 Gift Certificate to DempsterGlass
2. Gift Basket & Free Rug Cleaning from Complete Restoration LLC
3. Free Load of Gravel from Schellinger Construction
4. 4 Yards of Bark Mulch from Biggy's Landscape Service, Inc.
5. 148 Piece Tool Set from Western Building Center
6. Sonic Care Toothbrush from Three Rivers Dental Evon T Heaser DDS
7. Free Rug Cleaning from Complete Restoration LLC & Growler and Free Fill from Backslope Brewing

Now that’s a neat rainbow effect.
10/03/2018

Now that’s a neat rainbow effect.

When our Montana roads break your windshield this summer, give me a call. Quality OEM parts and guaranteed best quality ...
07/11/2018

When our Montana roads break your windshield this summer, give me a call. Quality OEM parts and guaranteed best quality work for your vehicle. Full Windshield Replacement or Rock Chip Repair.

Over 28 years of experience and highly recommended by all insurance companies. I come to your home, work, or even your campsite for your convenience. Your safety is my #1 concern.

Dennis 257-1908

Always neat seeing peoples project cars. 34 Ford pick-up with flathead engine. It’s rusted and full of holes, but it run...
06/05/2018

Always neat seeing peoples project cars.
34 Ford pick-up with flathead engine. It’s rusted and full of holes, but it runs and he drives it daily and it has character. Love it!!
Custom cut and fit a new windshield in his frame so he can get back on the road.

Beautiful low mileage 06 Z06 Corvette getting a new OE windshield today. 7.0L LS7 big bore power. Love it!
05/25/2018

Beautiful low mileage 06 Z06 Corvette getting a new OE windshield today.
7.0L LS7 big bore power. Love it!

Always fun to get to do an old car with its original glass still in it. 73 Buick Centurion convertible.
04/27/2018

Always fun to get to do an old car with its original glass still in it.
73 Buick Centurion convertible.

In case anyone in the Flathead thinks the sun is hiding from us, I found it today in Babb hanging out with the Buffalo. ...
04/04/2018

In case anyone in the Flathead thinks the sun is hiding from us, I found it today in Babb hanging out with the Buffalo.
Putting in a new windshield for the US Border Patrol.

https://www.facebook.com/ConsumerReports/posts/10159851699785430I’ve been in the auto glass replacement business since 1...
01/19/2018

https://www.facebook.com/ConsumerReports/posts/10159851699785430

I’ve been in the auto glass replacement business since 1990.
I always try to stay informed on changes in the industry, technology advancements and issues and keep my customers as well as everyone else informed of what’s going on so I can always provide top quality service and work exceeding factory standards.
Lately this issue of “exploding glass” has been gaining traction.
Here’s my opinion along with some basic facts.
Glass on cars is primarily two types. Tempered glass and laminated plate glass, and windshields are always laminated plate glass despite what you see in the movies.
If any object strikes tempered glass just right it will shatter into thousands of tiny pieces as its designed to do. Laminated glass gets a small crack which is why your windshield is not made out of tempered glass, so when a rock from the road hits it you are not subjected to shattered glass in your face at highway speeds.
Sunroofs are primarily made of tempered glass as it handles movement stress better, same as your door glass, but there are also laminated glass versions.
In 28 yrs of business I’ve replaced easily around 600 sunroofs. I’d say appx 1/3 were laminated ones.
While not much is left of the tempered glass versions, if you know what to look for you can follow the shatter pattern back to an impact point.
Laminated versions much like the windshield tell all and you can easily identify an impact. Usually a rock from the road made the impact.
My point is these sunroofs are very likely being hit by rocks from the road, the same rocks that are typically hitting the windshield but are coming down at a steeper angle and landing on the roof.
I’ve only seen one sunroof that was broken and not from an impact.
It was a stationary panoramic panel that was binding on the edge of body due to improper install after a body repair by an unskilled tech.
Look at the paint on the roof of cars just above windshield and you will see Many chips in it as the years go by from rocks hitting it. The sunroof is just back a bit more. Look farther down the whole roof and I’m sure you will find a few more small chips from rocks as well. Panoramic roofs have significantly more available glass area for a rock to hit so by default there will be a higher chance of these types of sunroofs to experience this “exploding glass” scenario.
I’m not a fan of sunroofs personally. I make good money fixing them but personally they all have issues over time. Leakage, noisy, stop working, and if tempered a chance it will get hit by a rock at some point and have shattered glass rain down on top of you.
I always recommend to keep the shade closed inside and if you have the tempered version to have a tint shop put the film on the glass so if it were to break, it will at least keep the glass pieces together and from easily falling inside all over the occupants.
The same thing can also happen to your side windows and back glass. Rocks get thrown from cars tires in all directions including forward.
Many cars also use laminated plate glass in back and side windows now and yes, I have seen rock impacts on them just like the front windshield.
These rock impacts to sunroofs, side and back glass are not the norm like a front windshield but it can and does happen.
I’ve attached a pic as an example of a customer who had a rock hit his drivers door laminated glass while going down the highway from a car coming the opposite direction.
It cracked it and I repaired the crack.
Had it been a tempered glass piece it probably would have shattered and covered him in glass leaving him thinking it was a defective part that broke for no reason.
Once again my opinion based on 28yrs of what I’ve seen. Feel free to like and share.
Dennis

Getting ready for the 2017 Kalispell Holiday Parade. Thank you again for voting me Best of Flathead-Auto Glass Shop of 2...
12/10/2017

Getting ready for the 2017 Kalispell Holiday Parade. Thank you again for voting me Best of Flathead-Auto Glass Shop of 2017.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!

It's been another amazing summer in the Flathead. Word of my work and attention to detail keeps spreading. I've been pri...
09/09/2017

It's been another amazing summer in the Flathead.
Word of my work and attention to detail keeps spreading.
I've been privileged to get to work on some great classic cars this year and make new friends in the process.

A big massive THANK YOU to the Flathead!! In Jan 2014 my wife and I moved to the Flathead and I brought my business up h...
08/02/2017

A big massive THANK YOU to the Flathead!!
In Jan 2014 my wife and I moved to the Flathead and I brought my business up here and started over.
I've been in the auto glass business for almost 28 years now.
The Flathead has welcomed me, customers appreciate the extra effort I put into making sure their vehicle is done correctly to the finest detail and I have made many friends out of those customers.
THANK YOU again.
I am humbled and honored.

Auto Glass Replacement-all types of glass.Rock Chip Repair-FREE with full coverage insurance. Headlight Restoration-new ...
07/14/2017

Auto Glass Replacement-all types of glass.
Rock Chip Repair-FREE with full coverage insurance.
Headlight Restoration-new hardened clear coat for years of use, not a temporary wax type coating. 5yr guarantee.
Master Technician celebrating 28 years.
Recommended by all insurance companies.
Convenient mobile service.
Lifetime Guarantee.
Your safety is my #1 concern.
257-1908.

This old Studebaker truck has finally been repainted after a complete tear down a year ago. I patterned and cut all new ...
07/14/2017

This old Studebaker truck has finally been repainted after a complete tear down a year ago.
I patterned and cut all new glass for it when it was disassembled back then and it has been sitting on my glass rack waiting to go back in.
Now it's finally going back together.

Old school VW Cabriolet getting a new windshield. Memories of friends in high school that drove these cars. Good times
07/06/2017

Old school VW Cabriolet getting a new windshield.
Memories of friends in high school that drove these cars. Good times

DempsterGlass's cover photo
07/03/2017

DempsterGlass's cover photo

Putting a new windshield in my own van. Yes,spring is here and that crack was annoying all winter along the wiper line. ...
05/26/2017

Putting a new windshield in my own van.
Yes,spring is here and that crack was annoying all winter along the wiper line. Did two rock chips in meantime.
Crack wasn't in my line of sight so not a safety issue but still just unprofessional looking.
All fixed now. 😃

They're building my house, I'm fixing their broken windshields. 😃
05/05/2017

They're building my house, I'm fixing their broken windshields. 😃

While I primarily do glass replacement and rock chip repair I also fix related components like the window lift assemblie...
03/17/2017

While I primarily do glass replacement and rock chip repair I also fix related components like the window lift assemblies/power motors and lock assemblies.
Every now and then I get a request to do other stuff.
And I'm more than happy to help as this is pretty easy for me to do.
I come to the customer so it's convenient for them as they don't have to take their car in to the shop.
This customers rear taillight, both front turn signal assemblies and grille were damaged.
Ordered new parts and installed.
Back on the road and safe to drive.

DempsterGlass's cover photo
03/01/2017

DempsterGlass's cover photo

DempsterGlass's cover photo
03/01/2017

DempsterGlass's cover photo

Complete auto glass replacement,Rock chip repair & Headlight Restoration. Autos, RVs, Boats, Heavy Equipment. Convenient...
04/08/2016

Complete auto glass replacement,
Rock chip repair & Headlight Restoration.
Autos, RVs, Boats, Heavy Equipment.
Convenient mobile service for Flathead Valley.
Give me a call.
High quality work since 1990.
257-1908.
http://dempsterglass.com/

I don't just do automotive glass. I do all types of heavy equipment as well. Putting in a new back window in this Volvo ...
02/24/2016

I don't just do automotive glass.
I do all types of heavy equipment as well.
Putting in a new back window in this Volvo skid steer for Powder Coating of Kalipsell
257-1908
http://dempsterglass.com/

I always talk about the safety aspect of auto glass and why it is so important to have the job done to factory specs for...
01/09/2016

I always talk about the safety aspect of auto glass and why it is so important to have the job done to factory specs for protection in a collision by a qualified installer.
Another thing to consider is that you see the road, other vehicles, and pedestrians through your windshield.
Your windshield doesn't have to be broken to impair your vision.
After tens of thousands of miles and several years on the road your windshield has hundreds of tiny nicks and scratches from rocks, chemicals, ice scraping etc.
How many of you have put on new windshield wipers only to find out your windshield still won't wipe clean?
Ever notice when driving into the sun your windshield looks like it's all dusty and dirty but it's not?
It's all those little surface imperfections that trap water, reflect light and distort and reduce your vision.
After 26 yrs in this business I can safely say that most windshields are compromised visually at 50k miles from normal use. Some much earlier.
Much like your tires life, windshields don't last forever.
Today I did a couple windshields for Kalispell Napa Auto Parts.
One of their delivery trucks windshield wasn't broken, but so worn from hundreds of fine scratches and tiny pits that their driver had a difficult time driving the vehicle safely do to reduced vision.
This was the original factory windshield with 146000 miles on it.
Now with a new windshield, their driver can go safely down the road again.
257-1908
http://dempsterglass.com/

Merry Christmas and a huge Thank You to everyone in the Flathead. I've called this place home for the last two years now...
12/06/2015

Merry Christmas and a huge Thank You to everyone in the Flathead.
I've called this place home for the last two years now and I couldn't be happier to live here.
You have welcomed my wife and I as well as my business and I am so appreciative.
Hope to see you at the Bigfork Holiday Parade of Lights tonight.

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157 E Many Lakes Dr
Kalispell, MT
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEST OF THE FLATHEAD PLACEMENT ... EVEN THOUGH IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN NUMBER ONE!
Thank you, Dennis, for doing such a great job on our Chevy Tahoe LTZ. The extra work you did to stop the rattling dashboard was AWESOME!
That's a great cover photo Dennis.
Thank you Dennis Dempster for coming by and fixing my chip in my windshield this morning. Wow, that's fast service, am we really appreciate you!!