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s3nt3nc3d 03-12-2010 06:38 PM

DIY Windshield Repair Kits
So today I was on my way to work and as I'm about to enter town (I live just off a state route), an oncoming semi kicks up a large rock...and by large, I mean I saw it come flying right at me...I go, "OH SH!T" and CRACK! It blasts my Jeep. Takes me a second to realize that it nailed the edge of my windshield (well, bout an inch or two from the edge).

It's a round crack... bullseye? and it's slighly smaller than a quarter in size. It's really not in my field of vision, but it's kinda deep compared to most rock chips and I'm afraid if I don't do something it's going to spread. I'd rather not replace my windshield anytime soon and I'm a bit short on cash currently.

Safelite Auto Glass quoted me $109 total... my buddy at work said they have a guy come in to do theirs and he think he charges around $40 a crack so that's an option. But I'm also seeing these DIY kits for under $20. I don't mind if the crack is still slightly noticeable with these kits or if your vision is off while looking through that portion since like I mentioned, it's really not in my field of vision. I just want to ensure the crack doesn't spread. Will one of those DIY kits work for what I need it for...or do I need to just fork over the money to have a professional repair it?

Jerry Bransford 03-12-2010 06:53 PM

Check with your insurance company first. Many do windshield repairs like you're talking about for free since that can prevent the future need for a new windshield if the damage spreads.

terrible2 03-12-2010 06:59 PM

yup. I also recently saw a rock fly up and hit me and I ducked to avoid it. Fortunately it was a honda civic so theres a chip but no real cracks like the last 2. Definitely check your insurance company and dont do autolite

s3nt3nc3d 03-12-2010 07:55 PM

Wow...didn't realize they sometimes do em for free. I figured they'd require me to at least pay my deductible ($500). I'll have to call and ask. Thanks for that info guys!

I also saw lots of positive reviews of Fix a Flat brands Fix a if they won't pay for it, I'll waste the $10 and try that.

Loo 03-13-2010 08:26 AM

I had a crack develop in my windshield about two weeks after I got my tj. Called the insurance company to see if they would repair it for free. They said that it was too big and I'd have to get it replaced. Their estimate for a new tj windshield was less than my 500 deductible. They said that I could run it through them, pay the full amount since it was less than 500, and have my rates go up, or they would just forward my call to who they would have replace it and I could pay myself without filing a claim. The people they transfered me to came out the next day, installed a brand new windshield and it only cost me $120.

jgano23 03-13-2010 08:46 AM

i've had 2 chips fixed for free. call your local windshield repair guy and ask about it, they'll know what you are talking about.

PecosRiver 03-13-2010 09:00 AM

Just stop at any glass shop and they’ll tell you if it can be repaired. I do that with any windshield damage and I’m surprised at what they can fix.

I’m now on my 3rd windshield on my 2010 JK that I’ve had for 2 months. NM sands the highway instead of using salt and I’ve had to do at least 1 windshield a year. Both times on the JK the damage expanded before I could get to the glass shop. Winter weather and defrosters are not a chipped windshield’s best friend.

InfernoGirl 03-13-2010 09:35 AM

I've always been told if it was bigger than a dime, they couldn't fill it. My husband had a few years that he broke at least one windshield a year, sometimes more..... :confused:

You should consider lowering your deductible on comprehensive.... It doesn't really change the rates much (although at your age comp. may be pretty high, my 19 y/o son's is ridiculous) So maybe after you hit the magic 25th bday, you should consider it....;) As mentioned above, do check with your ins. different states have different laws regarding glass coverage.

rrich 03-13-2010 11:51 AM

Call around for the best price - windshields are cheap - at most places. Some will screw you.

The repair works for a little while "IF" the epoxy gets into the cracks enough.
But it turns yellow from the sun, and eventually a new crack develops.

Seems like I'm always needing a windshield - need 2 right now. I've given up trying to repair them.

Atthehop 03-14-2010 06:29 AM

I have been running with a crack along the bottom of my windshield for almost 2 years, will need to replace it to pass NJ state inspection. Ran with 8 crascks in the original windshield for almost 4 years before it had to be replaced for state inspection. Since I run interstates daily and the new windshield will most likely get hit by a stone too I only replace them when necessary.

HyperBuzzin 03-14-2010 09:54 AM

When I needed a windshield replaced, it was cheaper to pay cash than have insurance cover it.
Insurance price was something like $245. Cash was $105. I had progressive insurance at that time and they had no windshield repair which is why I went with cash.
To do just a repair, they paid the whole thing. Think it was $65 to have a pro do it (and no raise in rates), although I did use one of them DIY kits before too and it worked just fine. Just follow the directions!!

SarahJack 09-27-2010 07:22 AM

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Excellent Post. I got my Windshield repaired from Bulls eye.

mrcarcrazy 09-27-2010 09:00 AM

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Progressive covers two chip repairs per vehicle per year. (if you don't want to file it, it shouldn't cost more than 50 bucks IMO)

I wish Texas had a law regarding free windshields. I had to put one on the Lotus, and it was 1300.00 (I had to pay the deductible, and Progressive about shit themselves.

Jeepster0619 09-27-2010 11:06 AM

s3nt3nc3d. If you have to have your windshield replaced, I'm sure you know of Davey's Jeep in Salem, Ohio. They would have the replacement window for cheap. Just a thought if you have to replace down the road.

Susanssj 11-08-2010 04:20 AM

My car Windshield glass got cracked last week, I got it replaced. Since it is better than repairing.

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