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Old 10-07-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Angry Cracked Windshield. Need repair advice

So I have learned my lesson in STAYING AWAY FROM SEMI TRUCKS ON THE FREEWAY

I have called my insurance company and have arranged a windshield replacement for $100 deductible; however, I'm concerned that the repair center will install aftermarket glass. I really want OEM replacement parts and have made it clear to the insurance and repair center. I did a little research and found a Mopar replacement part number 68088537AA with MSRP $475.

How can I make sure the repair center will not deceive me by installing cheap parts? I have my appointment tomorrow and the glass company claims to install Mopar part N.o 1881. That part number does not exist.








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Old 10-07-2013, 08:14 AM   #2
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That sounds expensive to me.

I cracked mine same as you and a shop down the road installed a factory glass for $200. I didn't even involve insurance.

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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That happened to my wife's Subaru. Safelite (?) used PPG aftermarket glass. No sure if they will use OEM glass, but you may want to request it before they show up.
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:30 AM   #4
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Why? OEM glass is crap...unless you really want the little jeep stickers. I get free windshields from my insurance, and always want aftermarket, as it's PPG glass.
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Most aftermarket Jeep glass from what I have seen has the Jeep logos on it. Mopar probably does not make the glass anyway and has somebody else doing it. Demanding Mopar glass is kind of like demanding a Mopar lift. It is 2 to 3 times the price and half as good as aftermarket. Its not like a BMW of Mercedes where its going to affect the resale value by having 3rd party glass in it.
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Why? OEM glass is crap...unless you really want the little jeep stickers. I get free windshields from my insurance, and always want aftermarket, as it's PPG glass.
lol yea I want the cool stickers.

I assumed OEM glass has better quality and is thicker than aftermarket.
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So I have learned my lesson in STAYING AWAY FROM SEMI TRUCKS ON THE FREEWAY
I went thru a few windshields over the years with my original Wrangler.

Back then, I had "full glass coverage" as an option to my comprehensive insurance. I was glad I did.
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lol yea I want the cool stickers.
I would too. Have your dealership do the replacement.
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I went thru a few windshields over the years with my original Wrangler. Back then, I had "full glass coverage" as an option to my comprehensive insurance. I was glad I did.
I'm going to look into that as an option for my coverage. I'm sure this will happen again soon. My current State Farm insurance charges me a $100 flat rate which isn't too bad
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lol yea I want the cool stickers.

I assumed OEM glass has better quality and is thicker than aftermarket.
With the exception of a few car makers, OEM glass is usually the worst quality believe it or not.
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I just had my glass done a few months back. I used Safelite and requested OEM glass. They got approval from Geico and it was a done deal.

A lot of the quality glass (OEM, Pilkington, PPG, etc) are more often than not made by one company. That company sends each distributor the blank glass and they apply the overlay (black stuff).

This is what the safelite guy explained to me and it makes sense. I would have requested Pilkington if I didn't get Mopar glass.

Edit: BTW, how did you miss the paint with that kind of crack. Lucky.
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Chrysler to Retain Several Glass Suppliers in Alliance with Fiat; PGW Tops List of Glass Supplier Debts

There is no such thing as "OEM" glass since Chrysler doesn't produce glass. They are subcontracted out. From all the info I have been told, manufacturer glass is made to a lower (cheaper) standard, so getting a PPG windshield is actually better than OEM glass produced by PPG.

* PPG is now PGW, but I still refer to them as PPG.
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Mine cracked in much the same way - rock hit at the base of the windshield. $500 deductible on insurance and since I figured it would probably happen again, I went with the cheaper generic windshield. Affordable Auto Glass in Houston. Nothing wrong with it - $124.44 drive out.
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I just had my glass done a few months back. I used Safelite and requested OEM glass. They got approval from Geico and it was a done deal.

A lot of the quality glass (OEM, Pilkington, PPG, etc) are more often than not made by one company. That company sends each distributor the blank glass and they apply the overlay (black stuff).

This is what the safelite guy explained to me and it makes sense. I would have requested Pilkington if I didn't get Mopar glass.

Edit: BTW, how did you miss the paint with that kind of crack. Lucky.
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:56 PM   #15
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Had mine cracked and replaced in December. Safelite took 3 attempts to get the glass in correctly where it was not whistling. Will not use them again. Also, went with a lower deductible on my insurance as it seems like cracked windshields are common.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:24 PM   #16
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I got the "Titan" insurance through the dealership. Typically I won't buy dealer insurance/rust proofing/fabric guard however for $549 I got 5 years coverage of unlimited windshields, free key replacements and they will also repair door dings all with no deductible.

With my track record, I'll probably go through at least 3 windshields at $300 deductible each within 5 years, so it was a no brainer for me. I'm not sure if Titan warranty is available outside of Canada though..
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Groupon had deals like pay $39 for $100 windshield credit. GF did it with insurance and the Groupon coupon...$75 out if pocket!

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