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Old 12-09-2001, 08:08 PM   #1
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Location: Paso Robles, CA
2002 WRX Wagon
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Angry 770 miles and my first windshield chip!

Ok, so I am driving south on 99 towards Bakersfield (California) at about 95 mph (5th gear+4k rpm = 95 mph) and a boulder (well, that might be an exaggeration) comes flying at my windshield (right at me, as the driver - if the glass hadn't been there, it would have gone right between my eyes - I even ducked) pings my windshield, and leaves a chip.

Now what?
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Old 12-09-2001, 08:33 PM   #2
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I hate chips, but they happen. Not sure what you mean by "Now what?". I'd call a glass repair place ASAP, as they work better on fresh, uncontaminated chips.

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Old 12-09-2001, 10:00 PM   #3
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I hope you have better luck than I did. I had to replace the windshield...it took 48 days.
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Old 12-09-2001, 10:04 PM   #4
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Contact your auto insurance. They might cover a windshield replacement or repair since the chip is going to be right in your line of site. That's hazardous so they might pick up the bill for you.

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Old 12-09-2001, 10:34 PM   #5
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Yeh, that totally sucks! Get it looked at ASAP, a good glass place can do several things, (including replacement of course); either fill the crack, or even sand minor burrs down. Depending on the deductible, your insurance will take care of it & they don't count it as a claim against you.
If it ever is caused by debris kicked up from a truck, take note: I got the cab # of a rig that caused a break in mine a couple years back. I contacted them, & after filing a CHP report, they sent me a check. Still wasn't the same as the original windshield, though (moulding, etc.)
When I asked how/if this can be prevented in the future, I was told: "Don't Drive"!!
Anyway, sorry, I know how it feels- Any little imperfection on my perfect vehicle really p***** me off, but you know, stuff happens.

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Old 12-09-2001, 11:13 PM   #6
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I got a chip in my windshield and then a couple of miles down the road it turned into a six inch crack.
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Old 12-10-2001, 10:58 PM   #7
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I feel all of your pain... I get my first wind-shield chip by around 800 miles of owning my rex and get my first paint chip on the rear passenger side door at around 500 miles on the car.

You are covered, with no charge, by your insurance to fix the chipped windshield ONLY IF you have comprehensive coverage with your insurance. I traded my A4 in for my rex, and had my insurance fix the windshield chip on that car.

A friend of mine had his rear windshield replaced, and he did not have comprehensive insurance. It costed him around $200. He has an very old Eclipse.

Hope this helps.
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