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Windshield repair for honda civic (lease buy out in 2 months)

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Windshield repair for honda civic (lease buy out in 2 months)

I have Honda Civic EX-T 2016 model. My lease would be over in October and i am planning to buy it out. Recently i noticed that the windshield has some damage (due to some rock on highway or something). What should be ideal way to get it fixed.

I have already talked with insurance and they said that i have $500 deductible on my policy so most probably I will be paying everything from my pocket.

Should i replace the windshield from any repair shop, or should i ask Honda to do it. Anything else that i should be worried/concerned about?

Thanks
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No need to repair it if you plan to buy out the car.

The dealer might ask you to repair it if you were to return it in after your lease.
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When we bought out our lease from Honda we had to get a safety check completed. One item the safety covers is the condition of the windshield - in our case there was a crack and therefore the windshield had to be replaced prior to buying out the lease. I'm guessing if you have a crack your windshield has to be replaced, however I'm not sure how a chip is treated during the safety inspection.

Speak to @mer1ion (Auto Glass Worx in Mississauga) who may be able to provide some additional insight. He has done work on our cars and is also highly rated on google and RFD.
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submarine wrote: No need to repair it if you plan to buy out the car.

The dealer might ask you to repair it if you were to return it in after your lease.
I talked with Honda (they didn't see the car) and said that windshield damage is one of the concern during safety inspection so it may need to be replaced.
moommen wrote: When we bought out our lease from Honda we had to get a safety check completed. One item the safety covers is the condition of the windshield - in our case there was a crack and therefore the windshield had to be replaced prior to buying out the lease. I'm guessing if you have a crack your windshield has to be replaced, however I'm not sure how a chip is treated during the safety inspection.

Speak to @mer1ion (Auto Glass Worx in Mississauga) who may be able to provide some additional insight. He has done work on our cars and is also highly rated on google and RFD.
I have attached the image of damage. i am not sure if Honda will make an issue about it. should i first get it checked and then take any action?
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submarine wrote: No need to repair it if you plan to buy out the car.

The dealer might ask you to repair it if you were to return it in after your lease.
False. Buying out the lease will require a safety and if the crack/chip is too big it will fail and need to be replaced.
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A vehicle with fail a safety inspection if the chip is in the area covered by the windshield wipers, from the image you’ve attached it looks like it’s directly in the drivers line of sight, this must be repaired before a safety test is completed.
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hyph3n wrote: I talked with Honda (they didn't see the car) and said that windshield damage is one of the concern during safety inspection so it may need to be replaced.



I have attached the image of damage. i am not sure if Honda will make an issue about it. should i first get it checked and then take any action?
Personally, I would contact Auto Glass Worx (or any windshield shop you prefer) to see if the chip is too large to fill using a DIY kit from Princess Auto or Amazon. If it can be filled, then I would try that prior to the safety inspection, plus you might as well fill it before it develops into a larger crack. Figure it's worth $20 to give it a try instead of spending a couple hundred on a new windshield.

I don't have much experience with filling windshield chips, so can't recommend a product, but this one from PA looks well reviewed (https://www.princessauto.com/en/bullsey ... 0008502387)
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Oops someone beat me to the punch....

Since you are buying it out...

Are you a betting type of person? Do you have 20 bucks plus sales tax? Buy the repair kit in this video from Amazon, or wherever but the ONE from the video. Do it soon and take a trip on the wild side.

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That chip is so minor, either go to a glass shop and get it filled in for ~$20 or diy with a permatex bullseye kit for $15
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I will put a small smileyGrinning Face With Smiling Eyes sticker and see if the mechanic will caught it during inspection. Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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redblack wrote: That chip is so minor, either go to a glass shop and get it filled in for ~$20 or diy with a permatex bullseye kit for $15
This. And you should address this ASAP before it turns into a crack. Once it cracks, it's definitely a new windshield.

Now if you windshield is pitted anyway and want a new one, then skip the repair and go directly for a replacement. Have not shopped lately but I assume a non-oem for Civic should come in at under $300.
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hyph3n wrote: I talked with Honda (they didn't see the car) and said that windshield damage is one of the concern during safety inspection so it may need to be replaced.



I have attached the image of damage. i am not sure if Honda will make an issue about it. should i first get it checked and then take any action?
My recommendation is to take it to a place that is good at repairing chips. Don't bother with those tent guys or DIY kits. You want this repair to come out good and barely visible. There's a good chance the tech that does the safety will miss it if you can barely see the repair. Technically, it should fail safety because it's in the driver's view.
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Not in Ontario but we the standard price from one of the major players round here is $20 to get it fixed (not a tent). Worth seeing what they can do if it's a similar price where you are.
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mer1ion wrote: My recommendation is to take it to a place that is good at repairing chips. Don't bother with those tent guys or DIY kits. You want this repair to come out good and barely visible. There's a good chance the tech that does the safety will miss it if you can barely see the repair. Technically, it should fail safety because it's in the driver's view.


Do you recommend anyone in Mississauga?
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hyph3n wrote: Do you recommend anyone in Mississauga?
Auto Glass Worx posted above
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It is a stone chip less than the size of a 25c, just fix the dent, you do not have the replace the whole windshield.

1. You can go to any shop to fix it on your own and pay out of pocket. Shop like Auto glass will charge about $120. A bit less if you go to some individual shop, even less if you can DIY.

2. You can go through insurance, from my experience, my insurance company did not even make me pay the deductible. I just brought the car to their preferred repair shop and the shop billed them, they fixed it and I drive the car home.
The reason being they rather pay $120 to fix the dent now then later they have to pay $1000+ (minus your comprehensive deductible) to get your a new windshield. Some people argue that it will impact your insurance, which is not the case for my insurance.
insurance always increase with a reason or not, so why not make sure of it. my 2 cents.

Good Luck but fix it ASAP before it spread and you will need a windshield.
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iSimple wrote: Auto Glass Worx posted above
Auto Glass Worx is more of a replacement shop, the OP's windshield doesn't look like it needs to be replaced right now.

Mer1ion himself said to take it to a shop that's good at repairs.

OP just remember you'll likely always be able to see where the chip/pit was, a repair will never make it like original.
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BeaverLiquor wrote:
OP just remember you'll likely always be able to see where the chip/pit was, a repair will never make it like original.
True, that's why the tech at Speedglass told me too,
There will be still a tiny almost unnoticeable dot. I'm good with that, it is a car anyway, it cannot be stay perfect when the car is driven out daily.

Even now, it takes me a while to find it if you ask me where is that "dot" on my repaired windshield.
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BeaverLiquor wrote: OP just remember you'll likely always be able to see where the chip/pit was, a repair will never make it like original.
I second this. You would not believe the # of clients I have to deal with that just assume that the resin used to fill the chip, will magically blend in with solid glass and 100% disappear Face With Rolling Eyes It is not the same material people!! One is a liquid and one is a solid...

If you decide to just get a repair (which looks like one is all you need from the pic), go with a Speedy Glass or Apple Auto Glass. They'll be around $100, don't take the hit on your insurance. Otherwise, if you want replacement, call AGW like others have suggested, get a NAGS aftermarket glass, cheaper than a dealer part.
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MP3_SKY wrote: True, that's why the tech at Speedglass told me too,
There will be still a tiny almost unnoticeable dot. I'm good with that, it is a car anyway, it cannot be stay perfect when the car is driven out daily.

Even now, it takes me a while to find it if you ask me where is that "dot" on my repaired windshield.
Blustreak wrote: I second this. You would not believe the # of clients I have to deal with that just assume that the resin used to fill the chip, will magically blend in with solid glass and 100% disappear Face With Rolling Eyes It is not the same material people!! One is a liquid and one is a solid...

If you decide to just get a repair (which looks like one is all you need from the pic), go with a Speedy Glass or Apple Auto Glass. They'll be around $100, don't take the hit on your insurance. Otherwise, if you want replacement, call AGW like others have suggested, get a NAGS aftermarket glass, cheaper than a dealer part.
Some repairs will be less noticeable than others (all things being equal re: workmanship), just hope the OP has realistic expectations.
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