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Friday, January 17, 2014

Cracked Windshield: A Very Expensive Mistake...

Cracked windshield goes from simple fix to costly nightmare...
Cracked windshield
Got home from a short drive last week and discovered a small crack in my windshield.  I showed it to my fiancee, and she recommended that I get it fixed right away, because with all the cold weather and snow we've been getting, the crack may expand quickly.

I should have taken her advice, as that is exacly what happened!

Bah!

I've had cracked windshields before, and never have they expanded so quickly, and so extensively.

I called Geico, my insurance company, and asked what I should do.

They told me that as long as the crack isn't longer than a dollar bill, they'll fix it for free, since it's my first glass claim.

            Yaay!

But my buzz was killed when I drove my car over to Safelite.  They told me that the crack was just beyond their ability to repair it, and that I'd need a new windshield!

No way, I protested, because I have a high deductible ($1,000.)  Replacing the entire windshield would cost me north of $640, all out-of-pocket!

I called up other glass shops, and they all told me the same thing.  They explained that repairing a crack that's too long renders the glass unsafe, and they don't want the liability. 

Boooooooooooo!

So I'm leaving the glass as it is, until I find someone who will fix it for cheap.

What a headache.....

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