What You Should Know About ‘Windshield Bullies’ via Erieinsurance.com

Navigating your cracked windshield

Midwest insurance group has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – The Inc. 5000.

by Carolyn Sennett for Erie Insurance on August 20, 2018

If you need to repair or replace the car’s windshield due to damage, choose a reputable vehicle service shop. There is a growing fraud problem with “glass harvesters” or “windshield bullies,” who try to pressure consumers into making unnecessary repairs.

What’s a windshield bully?

Unfortunately, some vehicle glass repair and replacement companies use extremely aggressive sales tactics and hire people who approach consumers in a pushy manner at car washes, oil change facilities and gas stations, offering to repair or replace their windshield “for free.”

The bullies may tell you that you have a problem with your windshield, but the damage may only be cosmetic. They may also pressure you into providing your auto insurance information and make promises to “take care of everything.”

You may not even realize that they are filing an insurance claim on your behalf when you provide your insurance information.

What could happen if you encounter one?

Once an insured agrees to the deal, the unscrupulous contractor will complete the work and make money from the insurance claim. Replacing a windshield that is not damaged and asking the insurance company to cover the costs is considered insurance fraud.

How to handle a windshield repair

If you come across a windshield bully, trust your gut. Don’t give in to high-pressure sales tactics from a stranger approaching you and telling you to replace your windshield.

If you have questions about windshield or auto glass damage, get in touch directly with a trusted insurance professional like a local Erie Insurance agent. It’s always up to you to decide which auto glass shop you want to work with.

ERIE customers also have the option to start an auto glass claim with ERIE’s partner Safelite® Solutions through erieinsurance.com or by calling 1-800-552-ERIE (3743).

Read more about ERIE’s claims process and how to handle windshield repair.


For the 2nd time in as many years, Midwest Insurance Group was named to Inc. magazine’s list of America’s fastest growing privately held business.

Midwest Insurance Group was one of only 54 Wisconsin businesses that made this list.  In addition, Midwest Insurance Group was the only insurance industry business to make the list from Wisconsin.

To read more about the Inc. 5000 list, click here to be redirected to the August 16th Milwaukee BizTimes article.

Midwest Insurance Group Among America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies

Midwest insurance group has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – The Inc. 5000.

Over 27 Million Privately Held Business in the United States

The Inc. 5000 list takes a look at over 27 million privately held businesses in the United States to determine its qualifying fastest growing companies. Midwest Insurance Group ranks 4120 on the list with a 3 year revenue growth of 69%.

Inc. 5000 List Has Included Some Very Big Names

The Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. Magazine President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”

You can check out the full list here.

Midwest Insurance Group is a Future 50 Company!

Delafield, Wis. – Midwest Insurance Group has been named a 2016 Future 50 company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE).

The Future 50 program, now in its 29th year, recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county Milwaukee region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

“The 2016 Future 50 companies represent strong and growing entrepreneurs,” said Stephanie Hall, executive director of COSBE. “We are proud of their achievements and look forward to following their continuing success.”

To see all 2016 Future 50 Award Winners, click on the Future 50 Logo.

Cynthia Navit awarded Quality Customer Service Agent of the Year for the State of Wisconsin

Cynthia Navit awarded Quality Customer Service Agent of the Year for the State of Wisconsin

Recently at the Erie Insurance Branch Recognition Meeting, Commercial Lines Account Manager Cynthia Navit was recognized by Erie Insurance as the top customer service agent in the State of Wisconsin for 2015.

For over 10 years, Cynthia has been a commercial insurance and customer service expert for Midwest Insurance Group.  She has been an asset both to the agency and our customers as a source for useful feedback and coverage recommendations as well as contract reviews.  Cynthia builds valuable rapport with customers that helps retain business and gives our customers the highest level of service.  She has assisted Midwest Insurance Group in becoming the largest Erie Insurance agency in the State of Wisconsin. Cynthia has been a large part of the value-added service our agency is able to provide to customers at Midwest Insurance Group regardless of insurance carrier.

Cynthia along with past Quality Customer Service Agent of the Year Lori Zellmer, make up the core of Midwest Insurance Group’s award-winning customer service staff.

Midwest Insurance Group New Partners

Midwest Insurance Group Now Partnered with the Tavern League of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

In order to better serve the needs of our restaurant and tavern customers, Midwest Insurance Group is now a member of both the Tavern League of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. Our partnership with these Wisconsin organizations gives us additional insight into the issues affecting our state’s eating and drinking establishments.

The Tavern League of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Restaurant Association are trade associations dedicated to serving the needs of taverns, retail alcohol, restaurant and food service industries in Wisconsin. They exist provide legal, legislative, educational and promotional services to their members.