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First time windsheld cracked from stone chip :(

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Jan 8, 2015
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First time windsheld cracked from stone chip :(

10 years of driving, and this finally happens to me. :(
Is it safe to drive the car from my home to the repair shop..? (5km)
I tried drive the car for a bit, and the crack is getting longer and longer as I drive, so I immediately turned back...
Do I need a tow truck...?
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stevenleung0000 wrote: 10 years of driving, and this finally happens to me. :(
Is it safe to drive the car from my home to the repair shop..? (5km)
yes
I tried drive the car for a bit, and the crack is getting longer and longer as I drive, so I immediately turned back...
Do I need a tow truck...? no
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stevenleung0000 wrote: 10 years of driving, and this finally happens to me. :(
Is it safe to drive the car from my home to the repair shop..? (5km)
I tried drive the car for a bit, and the crack is getting longer and longer as I drive, so I immediately turned back...
Do I need a tow truck...?
it is not the end of the world, go through insurance and it replaced with a new pnew.
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I've been driving with a crack across my windshield for 2 years of 40,000km. I refused to pay $2500 for a new windshield and will do it at lease turn in.

So you'll be fine for 5km ;)
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Yes you can drive around with it cracked, its not something i would wait months to fix but if you need to drive around for a few days/weeks it should not be an issue.
stevenleung0000 wrote: 10 years of driving, and this finally happens to me. :(
Is it safe to drive the car from my home to the repair shop..? (5km)
I tried drive the car for a bit, and the crack is getting longer and longer as I drive, so I immediately turned back...
Do I need a tow truck...?
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Windshield cracked, time to panic and replace car
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redblack wrote: Windshield cracked, time to panic and replace car
Noted, will happily take your advice, and buy new car tomorrow
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Don't let the police see you driving a cracked windshield car thoughPolice Officer
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steve-0101 wrote: I've been driving with a crack across my windshield for 2 years of 40,000km. I refused to pay $2500 for a new windshield and will do it at lease turn in.

So you'll be fine for 5km ;)
what kind of car?
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stevenleung0000 wrote: Noted, will happily take your advice, and buy new car tomorrow
I will save you the hassle. Just pay me $500 and I will have it towed away from your driveway.
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steve-0101 wrote: I've been driving with a crack across my windshield for 2 years of 40,000km. I refused to pay $2500 for a new windshield and will do it at lease turn in.

So you'll be fine for 5km ;)
Your insurance deductible is $2500?
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kev604 wrote: Your insurance deductible is $2500?
No, it's $300 but I'm not replacing it twice. I live near a ton of quarries and all 3 of our cars have cracked windshields :(
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Just get a cheap aftermarket one. Someone will even do the replacement at your house.
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stevenleung0000 wrote: 10 years of driving, and this finally happens to me. :(
Is it safe to drive the car from my home to the repair shop..? (5km)
I tried drive the car for a bit, and the crack is getting longer and longer as I drive, so I immediately turned back...
Do I need a tow truck...?
If you have a crack that is spreading, it is probably too late to repair now anyways so you might as well drive it. You will need a replacement windshield.
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There are degrees of a crack in the windshield. There's ones that are the size of a nickel and don't get bigger, others that are small enough so the autoglass guys can fix it somehow...

The ones where you have a crack and it spreads all over the place... drive it to the glass place and go from there. If your deductible is low and you have a heated windshield and all that jazz, it might be worth it to go through insurance.

My Mom had this happen to her and it was $700 to replace. Depends on what car you have, options, etc. I looked up my vehicle and had a few choices, the cheapest was around $250 for the windshield, plus labour at the time.
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Leungss wrote: Don't let the police see you driving a cracked windshield car thoughPolice Officer
Doesn’t this depend on whether the crack is in the area impeding the driver’s vision? Not recommending waiting around to fix it but if it is in that area then that might make you move faster.
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****Don't actually do this
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EYEAM2COOL4U wrote: Doesn’t this depend on whether the crack is in the area impeding the driver’s vision? Not recommending waiting around to fix it but if it is in that area then that might make you move faster.
I think it doesn't matter where the crack is, because the crack could potentially get bigger and bigger when you are driving at high speed, and eventually become a spider web windshield, you don't want it to happen when you are driving on a highway.
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should be okay to drive a short distance, the windshield is laminated glass I think

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