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Old 10-13-2018, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

I dropped a large tool while working outside the other day and cracked the windshield pretty good on my 1997 SL1 After kicking myself for about 20 minutes, I am now facing the fact I need to get a new windshield. I don't think it's repairable.

What is the best thing to do? I assume this is not a 'diy' kind of thing. Could I though, get a windshield somewhere else and save money that way and then have someone else install it?

See if my insurance will cover it?

Just buck up and go to a shop and ask?

I've never ever cracked a windshield in my life :/

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Old 10-13-2018, 03:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

Windshields are fairly cheap to replace. Just did mine for $150 and they came to my home to do the job. If the crack is large there is no way to repair it and it will only get larger.

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Old 10-13-2018, 03:57 PM   #3
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Default Re: I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

Well that sounds perfectly reasonable! We do have a mobile windshield replacement service in our area. I will give them a jingle.

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Old 10-13-2018, 06:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

I’d shop around until you find someone that will do it for no more than $150. I paid $130. Safelite is like way expensive

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Old 10-13-2018, 07:38 PM   #5
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Default Re: I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

In Ohio, insurance covers the repair and deductible. My 2015 Honda had it replaced by Safelite.

Not sure what would would be covered if you told your insurance you broke it yourself....

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Old 10-13-2018, 09:43 PM   #6
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Default Re: I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

^^ Isn't that only if you carry full comprehensive coverage, not just liability?

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Old 10-14-2018, 08:23 AM   #7
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Default Re: I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

I've yet to pay more than $250 for any windshield. They've all been $200-$250 (okay...the Subaru one with wiper heater would have been $280 but the heater is why the old one broke so I opted for a non-heated one for $220). Seems silly to bother your insurance company over so little, then deal with a rate increase at the next policy renewal.

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Old 10-14-2018, 09:34 AM   #8
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Be sure to get a someone who will install the glass flush with the roof. Otherwise, the trim will gap.
A glass installer recomended by the insurance company might be more detail oriented.
Also, you will need to purchase your own O.E. trim as glass installers will use a generic trim they buy in 300-foot lengths.
If none of this matters to you then ignore all of the above.

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Old 10-14-2018, 12:45 PM   #9
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Default Re: I broke my windshield!!! :( Need advice

Thank you so much for all this advice, I really appreciate it. We actually have full coverage on both our cars; I might call and see, I just figured I couldn't get it covered because I did it.

That being said; the mobile guy quoted me $125, so that's awesome!

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Old 10-14-2018, 06:11 PM   #10
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The insurance company doesn’t need to know you did it.

They’d love it if you tell them that it’s all your fault.

Glass damage - especially if just the glass is usually from flying debris or vandalism. Rarely the owner’s fault. So they have no reason to suspect you and they most likely don’t care.

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Back in 2003, I dropped a piece of conduit just right (or wrong I guess), cracked my windshield clear across, and made a claim on my comprehensive insurance. It was no problem. Insurance is for acts of God, acts of stupid people besides ourselves, and for our own stupidity. I think they want to know if it was somebody's fault so they can charge their insurance.

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Old 10-14-2018, 08:53 PM   #12
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Every 10 years or so I find the street side window of my car mysteriously busted out in the morning. (When I am lazy enough to keep my car parked on the street instead of pulling it into my driveway overnight. Most recently to my 2004 Ion 3 probably ten years ago. My insurance paid for it because I had GEICO full glass coverage. I don’t have such coverage on m 21 year old SW2. I am going to go get my car into the driveway now.

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