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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-03-2005, 03:43 PM
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Question Got a chip, glass repair?

Hey all,

My pretty thing got a chip in the windshield :-( Its almost a centimeter in dia and I've just realized its growing! Does anyone know of a good glass repair shop in the Bay Area esp. around San Jose? References would really help a lot...

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Old 03-03-2005, 05:18 PM
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Insurance should cover it under comp. It cost 1200 at the Dealer, but my deductable is 100. I have 21st century.
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Old 03-04-2005, 12:53 AM
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Safelite AutoGlass on San Carlos, between Bascom Ave. and 880.
If your're driving on San Carlos from Bascom, the shop is
on the right side, before the freeway, and next to some Korean BBQ
Restaurant.
Also, make sure you ask for a tech named "Suad" to work on your
car. He's extremely professional and takes great care and pride
in his work. Eight months ago, he injected some resin into a chip
I had on the windshield to prevent it from spreading. I was very
happy with his work.
You can tell him that Jonathan w/ the dk. blue (orient) BMW
referred you.

Good Luck.
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Old 03-04-2005, 10:39 AM
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Thanks a lot, Jonathan. Unfortunately it seems there is no way I can ask for Suad to work on my car, it will be any tech from the shop. I will be getting it done at Safelite Autoglass.

I had another question: I've just had a claim on my insurance. My car's front wheels were stolen (my other car, Acura Integra) and its been less than a week. I switched insurances and some people have recommended that I pay on my own and NOT report the chip to the new insurance company. I really am okay with that except:

The glass repair shop said that if the glass does break while being repaired, the liability is my own. At that point of time, I cannot choose to go thru my insurance. The decision as to whether or not go thru my insurance has to be taken _before_ the repairs start.

What would you recommend?

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Old 03-04-2005, 11:42 AM
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Safelite repaired a 5" long crack in my windshield. They came out to my work and did it in the parking lot.. took about 20 minutes. For $50, I didn't bother going through insurance. It's still visible...*barely*. Definitely worth it..
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:27 AM
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Sure, I was thinking of getting it done out of my own pocket, $50. But what if the glass breaks during repair? It'll cost me $1200 if I don't go thru insurance right from the beginning, isn't it?
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Old 03-11-2005, 01:26 PM
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Sure, I was thinking of getting it done out of my own pocket, $50. But what if the glass breaks during repair? It'll cost me $1200 if I don't go thru insurance right from the beginning, isn't it?
I go thru the insurance just to be on the safe side
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:38 PM
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I just had my windshield repair about 5-inches long cracked on the bottom corner driver side. I recommend using Novus windshield repair. The cracked is slightly visible but he did an excellent job. He filled both end of the cracked to stop it from spreading. I used Novus for many years. Let me know if you need the number, if haven't done it yet.

You can pay it yourself and claim for reimbursement through your insurance. However, insurance doesn't allow windshield repair on cracked windshield, they recommend replacing it. If your cracked is on line of sight, I recommend replacing it.
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