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ArchV Feb 26, 5:15pm - #112535 
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Windshield - What to do?

A couple days ago I got a rock chip in my windshield. It's not the "star" pattern, but it's definitely noticeable. I thought "Ok I might be able to live with that"

Then today I noticed that in a completely unrelated area of the windshield, a crack has started at the bottom, dead center passenger side, and runs up at and angle towards the middle... it's about 6 or 7 inches long.

What do I do? Replace it? Is it repairable?
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Evan Feb 26, 5:19pm - #112536 

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At 6+ inches, it's probably not repairable, sorry. The sooner you get it taken care of, the better.

But there is GOOD news! Many insurance companies (mine included) will waive the deductible when fixing a broken windshield. They'd rather have to pay for your windshield than pay for the aftermath of a terrible accident that you got into because you couldn't see or because your windshield shattered.

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ArchV Feb 26, 5:21pm - #112537 
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So I should call my insurance company then and ask them what they can do to help with it?
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Evan Feb 26, 5:24pm - #112538 

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Originally Posted by ArchV
So I should call my insurance company then and ask them what they can do to help with it?


Yep, and then if they tell you that it's going to cost a lot, you can always just tell them you'll fix it yourself and you won't have to pay a deductible (just the actual cost of having a shop fix it).

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beans Feb 26, 5:27pm - #112539 
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depends how much your deductible is

the winshield will cost, should cost no more than 600 for part, labor, and everything

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ArchV Feb 26, 5:41pm - #112540 
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Dammit! angry

I called the insurance company and I have a $1000 deductable, so the lady said I'd probably have to pay for it all out of pocket. eek

Gee maybe I should change insurance companies... Not only is the deductable stupid high, I pay $1000 every 6 months for insurance.
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Speed4TheNeed Feb 26, 5:43pm - #112541 

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6 or 7 inches is repairable...you can go to an autoshop or tint shop and they can put a compound in it.

NOTE: it will be repaired (won't crack anymore) but the crack will still be noticeable. also, depending on the location & severity..you may not be able to get a new braketag next time inspection comes up.
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Evan Feb 26, 5:43pm - #112542 

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Yep, looks like you're gonna pay out of pocket. That sucks frown

You could always lower your deductible, but then you'll pay even more monthly. You're probably better off in the long run with a higher deductible. Just know that, in the end, the insurance companies will always come out ahead angry

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Evan Feb 26, 5:44pm - #112543 

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Originally Posted by sPeEd4tHeNeEd

6 or 7 inches is repairable...you can go to an autoshop or tint shop and they can put a compound in it.

NOTE: it will be repaired (won't crack anymore) but the crack will still be noticeable. also, depending on the location & severity..you may not be able to get a new braketag next time inspection comes up.


Wow, I'm surprised they can fix it once it's reached that length. Good to know thumbsup

But I don't think it'll impair his vision too much, considering the location:

Originally Posted by ArchV

Then today I noticed that in a completely unrelated area of the windshield, a crack has started at the bottom, dead center passenger side, and runs up at and angle towards the middle... it's about 6 or 7 inches long.

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Speed4TheNeed Feb 26, 5:54pm - #112544 

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Originally Posted by Evan
Originally Posted by sPeEd4tHeNeEd
6 or 7 inches is repairable...you can go to an autoshop or tint shop and they can put a compound in it.

NOTE: it will be repaired (won't crack anymore) but the crack will still be noticeable. also, depending on the location & severity..you may not be able to get a new braketag next time inspection comes up.


Wow, I'm surprised they can fix it once it's reached that length. Good to know thumbsup

But I don't think it'll impair his vision too much, considering the location:

Originally Posted by ArchV
Then today I noticed that in a completely unrelated area of the windshield, a crack has started at the bottom, dead center passenger side, and runs up at and angle towards the middle... it's about 6 or 7 inches long.


yeah, sounds like he'll be good to know.

just hope the braketag people think the same way.
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ArchV Feb 26, 6:15pm - #112545 
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Ok so I'm a spoiled brat (at 28 yrs old!)

I called my mom (who is a purchasing manager at a company) and she said they have a company account with some windshield repair place (they fix all the company cars, etc). She said we can probably "sneak in" payment for a new windshield from the company. Woohoo! It's not uncommon for my mom's company to pay for my auto repairs... after all, my step-dad OWNS the company hehe.

So it's all good thumbsup

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element_celica Feb 26, 6:42pm - #112546 

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if the crack was not related to the rock incident it may be covered under your warranty.
my sister's 01 corolla had a crack that started right in the center and went up about 6 inches and the dealer said they would fix it under warranty since it wasn't caused by rock chips,etc.

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ArchV Feb 26, 6:51pm - #112547 
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Hmm that's interesting. Perhaps I should call my Toyota dealer then. Would be nice to get it replaced for free smile It definitely looks like there's not any impact reason for the crack to be there.
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beans Feb 26, 7:10pm - #112548 
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6 or 7 inches?

I was told by the shop that fixed my winshield that it's only if the crack was no bigger than a quarter
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CeLlYgT04 Feb 26, 7:39pm - #112549 

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Originally Posted by Evan
At 6+ inches, it's probably not repairable, sorry. The sooner you get it taken care of, the better.

But there is GOOD news! Many insurance companies (mine included) will waive the deductible when fixing a broken windshield. They'd rather have to pay for your windshield than pay for the aftermath of a terrible accident that you got into because you couldn't see or because your windshield shattered.
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element_celica Feb 26, 9:00pm - #112550 

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Originally Posted by beans
6 or 7 inches?

I was told by the shop that fixed my winshield that it's only if the crack was no bigger than a quarter


it had to do with the design or something, bad structural integrity or some BS like that..
but she got her window replaced and when i drove it home from the dealer, it was like there was no glass at all!! eek so clean and CLEAR!

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Speed4TheNeed Feb 27, 4:40am - #112551 

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Originally Posted by element_celica
Originally Posted by beans
6 or 7 inches?

I was told by the shop that fixed my winshield that it's only if the crack was no bigger than a quarter


it had to do with the design or something, bad structural integrity or some BS like that..
but she got her window replaced and when i drove it home from the dealer, it was like there was no glass at all!! eek so clean and CLEAR!


i guess it depends on what kind of crack it is. my moms expedition had a crack that snaked along the bottom for about 8 inches b4 we finally noticed (it's along the very bottom..so its hard to see)...it got repaired and while the crack is still visible it can't spread anymore thumbsup
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carbon_blue_gt Feb 27, 4:47am - #112552 
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My windshield cost me $387 each of the two times i had to replace it. That was the cost of the windshield and the installation.

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Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
My windshield cost me $387 each of the two times i had to replace it. That was the cost of the windshield and the installation.


two times? damn frown

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someone over at NC is parting out a wrecked GTS.. . same window or whatever. . anyways go call dibs on the front window , maybe he can hook it up.. . i am waiting for a real quater panel glas from him. . .. . just an fyi

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carbon_blue_gt Feb 27, 5:46am - #112555 
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Originally Posted by Evan
Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
My windshield cost me $387 each of the two times i had to replace it. That was the cost of the windshield and the installation.


two times? damn frown


Yeah, someone in my neighborhood decided that they were jealous of my car, so one night they shot it out with a wrist-rocket slingshot. Then, about two weeks later, after it was fixed, they threw a big f'ing rock through it.

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Evan Feb 27, 4:48pm - #112556 

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Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
Originally Posted by Evan
Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
My windshield cost me $387 each of the two times i had to replace it. That was the cost of the windshield and the installation.


two times? damn frown


Yeah, someone in my neighborhood decided that they were jealous of my car, so one night they shot it out with a wrist-rocket slingshot. Then, about two weeks later, after it was fixed, they threw a big f'ing rock through it.


Instead of buying so many windshields, you should get a video camera.

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gtstrdstyle Feb 27, 5:04pm - #112557 

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yea video would be better, thumbsup

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Speed4TheNeed Feb 27, 6:33pm - #112558 

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Originally Posted by Evan
Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
Originally Posted by Evan
Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
My windshield cost me $387 each of the two times i had to replace it. That was the cost of the windshield and the installation.


two times? damn frown


Yeah, someone in my neighborhood decided that they were jealous of my car, so one night they shot it out with a wrist-rocket slingshot. Then, about two weeks later, after it was fixed, they threw a big f'ing rock through it.


Instead of buying so many windshields, you should get a video camera.


but a thrown rock (and definately a shot from a slingshot) would most likely be out of range for a video camera, and therefore impractical.

now if they were using a bat or some other close range object..THEN a camera would be more practical. but not in this case.
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CelicaRacer05 Feb 27, 11:04pm - #112559 

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drop that shit, get the new light weight "glass" its made of lexan plastic and its what they use in race cars, its much lighter then stock glass, and it requires no care, in some cases you dont even need windsheild wipers, because it sheds water so well...
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beans Feb 28, 12:05am - #112560 
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Originally Posted by Evan
Originally Posted by carbon_blue_gt
My windshield cost me $387 each of the two times i had to replace it. That was the cost of the windshield and the installation.


two times? damn frown


is that for the celi?
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beans Feb 28, 12:06am - #112561 
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Originally Posted by gtstrdstyle
yea video would be better, thumbsup



video camera? rofl
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