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    Default Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    My wife and I both had windshields replaced by Safelite auto glass in December of last year. Her windshield didn't even last a month before a rock hit it and caused a big crack. Mine just got hit yesterday while driving and immediately caused a crack the size of a dollar. My commercial auto policy doesn't cover glass so i am out $210 for a 4 month windshield. The guy from Safelite swung by this morning to see if by chance they could fix it. They couldn;t. I asked him if they used cheap glass or something and he said that I should of requested the factory glass. I'm really ticked because even though I regularly get rock chips that I get fixed this is the first immediate crack Ive had from a rock that appears to have barely left a mark where it hit aside from the crack.

    Does anyone have any tips for buying replacement windshields?
    Randy

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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    Around here all the auto glass come from the same wholesaler - so I am guessing that all glass is treated equally. The rocks are likely the culprit as they are random and no two rock chips are the same. I had one do the same thing on my truck right after I bought it, when the chips are closer to the edge they seem to crack much faster....
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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    Yeah it hit right next to the edge of the windshield. Maybe its just coincidence and bad luck . Just double checked with the Insurance agent and she said that Allied will not sell glass coverage on commercial trucks. Bummer.
    Randy

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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    My policy does not offer any windshield replacement for any vehicle in the state. I do not think any companies do - they would be out of business up here... We just hope the cracks do not get in our view area of the glass. There are very few cars here that have new windshields - except my wife's that we just had to replace last month.. :)
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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    I'd still be running with my original factory circa 2004 windshield if my redneck lumber rack (via sliding rear window ) didn't cause me to slam a few 2x6's into the windshield by accident. :)
    Randy

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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    Don' those 2x6's knock your guns off the gun racks? :)
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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    I had a cargo window broken. Used a local glass shop. Owner on the phone said he could have it at the shop in 20 min. after checking the computer. I'd say its most all comes from a local whse PPG ?
    Last edited by Happy Home; 04-20-2012 at 01:54 PM.
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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    Quote Originally Posted by davenorthup View Post
    Don' those 2x6's knock your guns off the gun racks? :)
    I'm in AZ Dave, I keep my guns on my person. :)
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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    All auto glass has to meet DOT specs. Impact near an edge is the worse that can happen.

    Timely subject, Safelite had to pay me a visit yesterday.

    Strap let loose. The brake I ALWAYS set was not set. So much for always! Window did not stop the post hole digger. Better it impacted my truck than come off the trailer and cause harm to someone else. For me this is devastating. My poor truck.

    I had the windshield replaced at the same time. It was cracked for about a year.

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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    This door had a small scratch in it that needed attention. So I can take care of that at the same time.

    After seeing the pictures my wife had the gall to ask if I was ok. Never once asked how the truck was. Some people.

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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    Quote Originally Posted by swbuilder View Post
    I'm in AZ Dave, I keep my guns on my person. :)
    No true Arizonan carries just one. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjbnwi View Post
    This door had a small scratch in it that needed attention. So I can take care of that at the same time.

    After seeing the pictures my wife had the gall to ask if I was ok. Never once asked how the truck was. Some people.

    Tom
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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    Quote Originally Posted by tjbnwi View Post
    After seeing the pictures my wife had the gall to ask if I was ok. Never once asked how the truck was. Some people.

    Tom
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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    My wife only has a cat. Her bird and 2 dogs are dead. My truck is not animal friendly. No pets allowed. No eating or smoking in my truck either.

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    Default Re: Does Safelite auto glass use cheap replacement glass?

    Quote Originally Posted by tjbnwi View Post
    My wife only has a cat. Her bird and 2 dogs are dead. My truck is not animal friendly. No pets allowed. No eating or smoking in my truck either.

    Tom
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