Way OT: Windshield Replacement?

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Submitted by JC on November 30, 2009 - 9:31pm

Got a new and quite spectacular crack that traveled about 1/4 of the way across my windshield yesterday.

Anyone have any recommendations on good places to use for windshield replacement? (I hear repair is only possible if the crack is a few inches or less). Thanks in advance!

Submitted by Diego Mamani on November 30, 2009 - 9:50pm.

When we needed a new WS we called our local Subie dealership (I know, how naive of us). They referred us to a local auto glass guy who does nothing but windshields. He used an aftermarket part, but did a great job.

Submitted by ucodegen on December 1, 2009 - 12:24am.

It would be useful to know 'generally' what area of town you are in.. and which town..

Submitted by Coronita on December 1, 2009 - 12:56am.

Folks at the my old enthusiast club pretty much said the same thing...Get a windshield made by PPG. Safelite sucks, and so do the cheap windshields from China.

Call your insurance co for a recommendation of places. Most windshield repairers are mobile, so they'll drive to your place or your work and do it.

Normal cars will set you back about $200, which most likely you'll pay out of pocket because chances are your deductibles are more than that...(If you have a Bentley, expect to pay $10k for a windshield)

I have heard good things about allstar glass, but I haven't used them (yet).

http://www.allstarglass.net/auto-glass-r...

Submitted by Hobie on December 1, 2009 - 8:24am.

Ditto flu to skip Safelite. It is prudent to ask for an experienced installer. Especially if you have an older car with a rubber gasket that holds the windshield. You may want to take a picture of the area before they start, just in case they scratch the paint. Again, go for the best installer they have. Call a restoration bodyshop for a referral.

Submitted by JC on December 1, 2009 - 12:42pm.

awesome. thanks. my office is in mission valley, but willing to travel for better price.

i got the crack on a drive to phoenix. got some quotes there for approx. $100. seems like i should have had it done there. going rate here seems to be double.

Submitted by Diego Mamani on December 1, 2009 - 1:37pm.

$100? Sounds too low. Maybe a recycled windshield?

Submitted by JC on December 1, 2009 - 3:01pm.

Nah, I don't think so. I called several shops in the Phoenix area and they all quoted between $105 and $119. The lowest price I have found in San Diego is $198. In both cases, I just called the chain type outfits.

Submitted by JC on December 1, 2009 - 4:53pm.

I found a winner. $146.13 all in. tax and new molding. Oh, and the guy had a sense of humor. Double bonus points.

Its doubtful, but if anyone wants the contact, just let me know.

Submitted by Coronita on December 1, 2009 - 5:38pm.

JC wrote:
I found a winner. $146.13 all in. tax and new molding. Oh, and the guy had a sense of humor. Double bonus points.

Its doubtful, but if anyone wants the contact, just let me know.

JC, depending on the type of car, I would not go for the "cheapest windshield you can find".

First, not all windshields are made alike. If you were to compare them side by side, you can tell some are thinner than others, though still technically meeting spec...

What this means is
1) if you buy a cheap glass (especially the ones from china), it's very likely a small pebble flying on the freeway will very well end up putting a crack in your new windshield, much easier than your OEM glass. And then you will be cursing you need to shell out another $150 or so to replace that one.

2) Your windshield makes up a good portion of the structural integrity of your car, in the case you happen to flip your car over.

PPG is one of those companies that makes OEM glass and aftermarket, and that's why it's highly recommended. (it's not just because it's made in the u.s.). Just take a look at most new cars, and see a lot of domestic and import use PPG.

Don't make the same mistake so many people already have...

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/sho...

Submitted by JC on December 1, 2009 - 5:44pm.

ok.ok.ok. i KNOW you are right. you got me with the safety argument. i am so not a car person. i am chick, but i drive a truck. it's great and very reliable, but i spent next to nothing on it. (sometimes you really do get more than what you paid for!) i just called my installer back for a quote on th PPG. i am sure my parents would thank you ;)

Submitted by cabal on December 1, 2009 - 9:03pm.

Anyone know the cost of replacing a windshield with a GPS receiver ? My wife’s car has a windshield chip. Insurance company paid for the el cheapo epoxy filler repair waiving the deductible, but the small cracks seem to be reappearing. I’d like to replace it eventually.

Submitted by creechrr on December 1, 2009 - 9:18pm.

flu wrote:
JC wrote:
I found a winner. $146.13 all in. tax and new molding. Oh, and the guy had a sense of humor. Double bonus points.

Its doubtful, but if anyone wants the contact, just let me know.

2) Your windshield makes up a good portion of the structural integrity of your car, in the case you happen to flip your car over.

Don't make the same mistake so many people already have...

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=291625

^^^ This!

Submitted by ucodegen on December 2, 2009 - 12:27am.

Anyone know the cost of replacing a windshield with a GPS receiver ? My wife’s car has a windshield chip.

Windshields don't have GPS chips last time I checked. They may have the wire for the receiver.. but not the chip itself. What is the make and model of the vehicle? What option is the one that triggered the 'GPS'..??

1) if you buy a cheap glass (especially the ones from china), it's very likely a small pebble flying on the freeway will very well end up putting a crack in your new windshield, much easier than your OEM glass.

Sometimes the OEM is thinner than aftermarket. It is a weight reduction thing which started around the 1980s. If you compare a windshield from a 1985 or later vehicle to one from the 1960s or 1970s, you'll notice a significant difference in thickness.

Submitted by JC on December 2, 2009 - 5:19pm.

*Update time* The better glass did not cost much more than cheap stuff. Weirdly, I got a lower quote on PPG than the cheapo stuf from one of the big chains. The smaller outfit I went with got my pilkington for not much more than the original quote. Thanks again for the sage advice. I really appreciate it.

Submitted by Ren on December 2, 2009 - 6:16pm.

My two cents from experience - as flu said, there is a difference in quality between windshields. I've had a Toyota and Mazda windshield replaced with cheaper aftermarket windshields (one by Allstar, one by a dealer subcontractor). Both fog up much easier than OEM and the wipers are no longer as effective in rain. I've tried various coatings, but it doesn't help. Next time I'll pay the extra money.

Submitted by Coronita on December 2, 2009 - 10:17pm.

JC wrote:
*Update time* The better glass did not cost much more than cheap stuff. Weirdly, I got a lower quote on PPG than the cheapo stuf from one of the big chains. The smaller outfit I went with got my pilkington for not much more than the original quote. Thanks again for the sage advice. I really appreciate it.

Good for you. Pilkington is the defacto one used on most German cars. PPG or Pilkington, you can't go wrong. Labor is what costs more...You're lucky you broke your windshield and not a side window, rear window, or quarter glass. That small quarter glass in the rear of a 4 door usually costs more to replace than a windshield, even though it looks like a tiny glass.

Submitted by Coronita on December 2, 2009 - 10:23pm.

ucodegen wrote:

Anyone know the cost of replacing a windshield with a GPS receiver ? My wife’s car has a windshield chip.

Windshields don't have GPS chips last time I checked. They may have the wire for the receiver.. but not the chip itself. What is the make and model of the vehicle? What option is the one that triggered the 'GPS'..??

My guess would be that he/she is referring to a glass that has a embedded antenna in it. My car for instance runs a FM antenna on the rear/side quarter glass.

There are three cases to my knowledge in which you can't go aftermarket with a glass (read, you need to get the OEM windshield from a stealer or OEM supplier)

1) Your glass has factory tint which is smoked glass. Most aftermarket glass do not have factory tint/smoked glass (and even it it did, chances are it wouldn't match up...Expect to pay $$$ for smoked glass

2) You broke a window running antennas on it. Sometimes aftermarket glass don't have those either.

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