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Old 08-24-14, 04:20 PM   #1
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We were on the Capitol Beltway today, and a rock came out of nowhere, one - hopped over the hood and smacked a divot in the windshield. It has radiating cracks 1" in all directions. It is low and on the passenger side of the windshield. The paint is chipped to the metal in a tiny sliver on the hood. I have GEICO Insurance. I have read from past threads to insist on Original Equipment Manufacturer (Lexus) glass. What a pain. Has anyone had any experience with GEICO and glass? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 08-24-14, 05:23 PM   #2
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Bummer on the windshield. What did you read in past threads? I have replaced several windshields over the years (not on my GX) and I don't think any of them were OEM. I never had a problem.
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Old 08-24-14, 09:23 PM   #3
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I had Geico replace my back window on my old Highlander that was completely shattered by a rock. Wish I paid out of pocket since my deductible was $250.00 and the repair was only $266.00 :/ I was thinking it would be closer to $500.00 and I did not ask if it was original Toyota parts. It is a pain but it could have been much worse. Now I know to first call around and get some quotes before handing it over to insurance.
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I have heard that OEM glass is recommended on Lexus vehicles due to the thickness of the glass and noise in the cabin. I do not know if it's factual or not but if it were me I'd be getting OEM glass for sure.
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I was just quoted $2,241 parts and labor for the windshield from the Lexus Dealer for an original equipment windshield.
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I was just quoted $2,241 parts and labor for the windshield from the Lexus Dealer for an original equipment windshield.
Ok, Call your insurance company, no fault claim, should have no effect on you, pay your deductible and have new glass.
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Dang! Who manufacturers the glass? Waterford?? Better come etched with a dolphin or something on it.
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Depending on the size of the chip in the paint I'd add that to the glass claim as well since there will be a no fault claim opened anyway.
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I have an appointment with GEICO in the morning for an estimate, hoping it covers the OEM replacement at the dealer. Maybe with the paint chip added in it will.
A dolphin etched in the glass would be really cool.
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GEICO Really came through on this. They are paying for OEM Glass, installed at my Lexus dealer. Even paying 2 days rental car. Had a check in 1/2 an hour this morning. Great service from GEICO!
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Great, glad to hear that. Did you put the chipped paint on the claim?
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Which dealer are you going to? A friend of mine is a manager at the Lindsay collision center in Springfield. Let us know how it all goes.
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Thanks for all the replies. Tecman - yes they added in the paint chip, it is a small amount. Kitana - I plan on taking it to Lindsay, that is my dealer too. I have had good success with them.
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Res+ will require dealer replacement
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I also just replaced my windshield about 1 week ago. Paid about $333 in cash through one of my local SafeLite repair centers. I could not tell the difference between a SafeLite windshield and the original one that was cracked. As a fyi, I bought the vehicle pre-loved; so therefore, it could've been replaced with a SafeLite when I bought it. Attached are some pics. My installer did a good job. The moldings, inspection, registration, etc. were replaced.

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Passenger side molding


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Driver side molding. As you can sorta see, my state inspection was removed from the old and placed on the new.


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Upper left hand corner of windshield. No blurriness or anything, just clear glass with a slight tint on the top.


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Center of top windshield with rain senor and rear view mirror re-installed. Like my wide-view mirror, don't you? It's like having eyes behind your head.


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Upper right hand corner of windshield. Again, no blurriness.
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