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So i bought new wiper blades the other day and while putting them on the passenger side one was bein a PITA cause the adaptor wasn't going on the right way. So during a couple attempts the metal wiper arm slipped outta my hand from only about an inch up but when it dropped it created a spider web crack in my windshield going three ways and each end is about 2-3 inches long :mad: is VW the best place to get a new windshield??? i have glass coverage but will it raise my insurance big time if i claim my broken windshield??? my one friend claimed the insurance company isn't supposed to be able to raise ur coverage because of glass damage but i dunno if that's true....
 

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I have never had my insurance go up because of windshield replacement. In my area the VW dealerships will not actually do the work but will call the mobil windshield guy to do it. I suggest going to a reputable glass shop that takes care of the insurance paperwork and will get the factory glass for you. Make sure you tell the shop that the break came from a rock on the road.
 

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Sadly the impact on your rates varies from state to state. I learned this the hard way when I moved to New Jersey. A cracked windshield I think would fall under comprehensive? Which count against you in NJ (2 comprehensives = 1 no-fault accident, 3 = your fault accident) depending on the underwriter. I had 2 comprehensive claimes (one on my escort when it got broken into, and one on the Passat when it got flooded) and my rate difference was several hundred dollars.

Check with your insurance company as if there is any penalty on comprehensive claims, then go from there.
 

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Same EXACT thing happened to me in January but I didn't get it repplaced until last month. they did a shitty job with the sekurit glass they used, it's too short and the space between the top of it and the metal of the roof makes a whistling noise above 45 mph. You'll more than likely have to get it replaced. All the glass shops around where I live have sent out flyers that if you have comprehensive they'll pay your deductible up to 200, 250, even 500 bucks! Shop around and make sure they guarantee their work for workmanship AND satisfaction and all your spaces are even because now they have to come out and fix mine. and make sure to find a shop that uses factory glass. :thumbup:
 

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If the cracks are not too long, perhaps fixing the current glass is better. Contact Safelite - they fixed three "spider webs" on my windshield a couple of months back. They put this plasticky goo on the spots, apply heat (I think), and the result is a dramatic reduction (elimination in some areas) in the amount of visible damage. Warranted to stay put, not break down, etc.

Best of all - its a total freebie, as your insurance company will likely pick up the tab!

Of course, if the cracks are too long and/or right in the driver's field of view, thi may not apply....
 

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I did the same thing to my previous Passat last year. I had the glass replaced under my insurance. I requested OEM glass but the guy assured me the windshield would be exactly like the OEM but without the VW logo. They did a great job replacing the glass BUT the new glass (Pelkington) did not have the tint strip at the top of the windshield. :roll: I am quite sure the old windshield had tint.

Try to get OEM if possible - it may take a little longer to obtain.
 

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Man, I'm glad I live in Kentucky (I never thought I'd hear myself say that) - glass replacement is free under insurance and they don't (can't, actually) raise your rates because of it. They even come to where you live/work and do it.

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Scuba Pingklington is an OEM manufacturer for VW, depending on what country the car is assembled in more than likely the windsheild or the rear glass will be Pingklington. I just had my windshield replaced with a PPG and I will tell you if it is not OEM the only other brand I will accept is PPG.
 

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I feel your pain. I did the very same thing to my old Jetta's windshield last year - fiddling with getting the new blade on it snapped back into place and cracked it good. The only thing worse than finding damage to your car is doing it yourself!

My insurance company had a no-charge glass repair policy at the time, so it was only a minor annoyance. They've changed it since. And I've treated the wiper arms with a lot more respect since!

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Kathy,

I have a local installer that uses PPG. Two other places were unable to tell me what brand glass they would use. If you have line on an installer that uses Plikington please share. Otherwise it will be a PPG windscreen to the tune of $340.
 
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