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Old 09-20-2016, 03:15 PM   #1
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Question Any tips or suggestions getting a rock chip on windshield repaired or replaced?



Hi all,

Just got a small rock chip on my windshield, its small, but the spider cracks are about the size of a quarter. (I've never had this happen in 32yrs of driving yet!)

I love my e92M3 and intend to keep it for as long as I can - is it a waste to get a full OEM replacement? Where would one go for such a job (not the stealership)?

How are those plastic filling crack repairs? I assume they aren't all equal quality (the places I see at a Canadian Tire parking lot). Are they just as good? Are there better places to get that done?

Any tips, experiences and suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:23 PM   #2
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Wait, you drive an E92 M3 and you don't have a $0 deductible for things like this?

I've replaced 3 windshields on my BMWs in the past 5 or so years.. all with Pilkington BMW glass, all for the low low price of free.

Because you have spider cracks, I would say it is no longer fixable. The chip places are just for that, simple chips in the glass. That's what the guys at crappy tire, and Speedy AutoGlass told me.
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:36 PM   #3
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I'm going to check with my insurance, but I have the feeling I actually took off the windshield replacement rider a few years back (since I've never encountered this before in 32yrs of driving and was told it was a good thing to save on).

Any place to take it to for a proper honest trust-worthy evaluation? (not a place that wants to sell me a windshield )
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:54 PM   #4
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I have the same issue. Any recos on a place would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:42 PM   #5
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Wait, you drive an E92 M3 and you don't have a $0 deductible for things like this?

I've replaced 3 windshields on my BMWs in the past 5 or so years.. all with Pilkington BMW glass, all for the low low price of free.

Because you have spider cracks, I would say it is no longer fixable. The chip places are just for that, simple chips in the glass. That's what the guys at crappy tire, and Speedy AutoGlass told me.
Have your rates been going up from all the claims? I assume there's a reason they ask if you've had any claims in the last 7 years?

OP, if the cracks aren't too big they might be fixable. Pics?
There was also some threads not long ago recommending some places so try a quick search.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:18 PM   #6
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Any tips or suggestions getting a rock chip on windshield repaired or replaced?

Some companies will not allow zero deductibles on certain model cars, even for comprehensive stuff like glass. My M3 has a stupid $1k deductible for this kind of thing. It's shitty but whatever...

As for a shop, I've only used Auto Magic Glass on Derry Rd/410, they're near Bimmersport. That was almost 8 years ago though for a windshield on my E36. I'd go back there if I had to do a replacement, they have very good prices and use OE suppliers (Pilkington, Sekurit, etc). They actually told me not to bother with a chip on my GF's car because of it's location (it happened when replacing the wiper blades and the arm flung back onto the glass and chipped it there). She was just going to have it filled but given the odd location in the ceramic and totally out of sight, it was simply better not to waste $50 on filling i as it was likely going to spread if he messed with it. He turned away a quick buck, so he's gets a point in my books.
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Some places may warn it could increase the size of the crack and you sign off on such, not sure if all tell you this.
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I've replaced 3 windshields on my BMWs in the past 5 or so years
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Because you have spider cracks, I would say it is no longer fixable.
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Have your rates been going up from all the claims? I assume there's a reason they ask if you've had any claims in the last 7 years?
The insurance adjuster I spoke with said that you're "allowed" 3 comprehensive claims every 2 years before they look into a rate increase.

So no, I haven't had an increase.
Might help that the policy I'm on has 3 cars.

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Old 09-21-2016, 05:11 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tips. I took it to Apple Auto Glass on Laird today to get them to look at it, they said it was fixable, but it wouldn't be invisible. They showed me one they fixed that was the "best" case scenario and I thought it looked pretty ugly - it was definitely NOT invisible. Luckily its near the bottom, but I'd probably see the flaw all the time and I know it will bug me.

I think I'm going to get insurance to replace it ($500 deductible) for a replacement factory original at a dealership just to be sure. Too many shady places around town after doing a bit more research.
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For what it's worth, check this place out:

http://www.woodchesterautoglass.com/en/
3111 Woodchester Dr, Mississauga, ON

I had to use them when the windshield broke on a rental car (2016 Chrysler 300)
It cost about $240, tax in.
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The insurance adjuster I spoke with said that you're "allowed" 3 comprehensive claims every 2 years before they look into a rate increase.
this varies from insurance company to insurance company
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