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scrubbyfish

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cracked windshield
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:49:20 AM »
From small rock flying up from highway, my windshield has a crack -a clean line, about a foot long, from bottom of driver's side corner heading on low angle toward the center.

1. In terms of safety, is this type of thing necessary to repair (i.e., replace windshield over)?

2. Are there less involved fixes that would keep us safe?

We'll be doing several more highway trips over the next month, don't want to repair only to have it happen again right away.


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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2014, 02:34:09 AM »
Just replace it.....should be around $200 :)

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2014, 02:53:06 AM »
I'd have it fixed. the odds of it causing damage danger aren't very high... but they are higher than they were. I've had a chip in the windscreen of my car from soon after  I got it 6 years ago. but a longer crack can compromise the integrity of the windscreen so when it happened to our van I had it replaced immediately.

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2014, 03:02:55 AM »
Replace it

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2014, 05:04:18 AM »
Okay, thanks very much, surfhb, UnleashHell, and deborah!

Mine is expensive, but I remember I have insurance for this -this was in fact one of the points BC's sole insurance company made for my maintaining this aspect of my coverage- and I'm reading that comprehensive does not impact my (very large) insurance discount.

I will also call to see if it might be covered under the extended warranty offered by my dealership -I don't think so, but I'll check.

Unfortunately, there are no insurance-covered shops in the next two towns I'm in! Will have to schedule for a week from now.

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2014, 04:08:45 PM »
I hope the crack doesn't increase - my car started to crack on the way home from a friend's place (from the edge). Evidently it is quite common for stones to cause a hole, then a crack starts to appear later on, radiating from the hole. Mine just kept on growing while I was waiting for it to be repaired. I think the windscreen is held taut, so a crack can easily grow. I was told by the insurance that because I had already booked, it wouldn't matter if I was picked up by the police.

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2014, 04:14:29 PM »
If you find a mobile business to replace it, should be able to get it done for $200 or so.  That is much less than taking it in to a shop most of the time.  Not worth taking the chance from a safety perspective.

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2014, 05:29:12 PM »
Mine's a Honda Fit, the price seems to ranging in extremes across the States, and be at the highest end in Canada, I'm told $450 or so but I do have insurance and would pay only the $200 deductible. I called insurance, went to the Honda dealership, and went to the glass place. Honda can't do their own windshields, so the glass places it is. However, because it's a weird windshield, no one keeps it in stock. Earliest it's in is Monday, and I'm gone again by then. So, I have an appointment for the day after I get back, and before my next longer trip. Total driving time in the interim will only be about 90 minutes. So, I think everything's okay.

Yeah, when the rock hit, I glanced at the windshield, saw no damage, was happy. I often hear hard clunks, but have never in my life had a chip or crack. It was up to a half hour later that I saw the crack and was surprised. Now I understand that the crack can form some time after the chip.

I'm being really careful -asking around, checking insurance, etc, because I previously screwed up replacing the wipers, losing a bunch of cash, and also screwed up the only potential insurance claim I've ever had in my life. So, this is me practicing being "on it" to save money short and long term! Thus, I really appreciate the care and help in this from all of you!

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2014, 11:02:28 PM »
My vacation was cancelled (booking error), so I scheduled the next available slot, which was today. I was glad, as the crack was progressing (I marked the original end with a Sharpie.)

They charged $1126.00. I paid the $200 deductible, insurance pays the rest.

$1126?!?!? wtf? I see many (US) boards saying $250-$450, but not $1126. Is Speedy in cahoots with ICBC? Another crazy Canada gig?
 
They don't offer shuttle to get home after drop-off, but when I asked, they offered $12.50 per direction in taxi vouchers. That got me halfway home, lol. I got out and walked the final half hour each direction. Also learned how to use a Keurig machine, so got two free drinks.

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2014, 11:09:34 PM »
Many years ago, we were quoted $850 for an Acura windshield.   So this would be on par for the inflation rate.
Then we found out that if you are paying directly, and they have a windshield on hand, or one of their friends has one on hand, that you can get it installed for half the price or less.   The cash (no insurance) price had less "options" like heating strips in it, or special tinted glazing at the top, etc.

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Re: cracked windshield
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2014, 08:55:06 AM »
$1126?!?!? wtf? I see many (US) boards saying $250-$450, but not $1126. Is Speedy in cahoots with ICBC? Another crazy Canada gig?

Unfortunately this is partly true.  Like most transactions that can involve insurance, insurance companies pay a different price that consumers do if they pay out-of-pocket.  With windshields, a cash purchase will often be much lower than the insurance price.  With medicine, it's often the opposite.  It's difficult sometimes to even get a cash price quote, they would really rather deal with insurance claims because that's where the money is.