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Replacing a Sienna windshield - $400 estimate
Hi, I have a 2007 Sienna CE 6-cylinder. There are four rocks hits in the windshield which have resulted in cracks all over it. They all occurred while I was traveling on the interstate in Delaware, Illinois, Arizona, and Oklahoma in 2008 and 2009. I actually had two rock hits/cracks in just three days (the Arizona and Oklahoma cracks) in 2009, believe it or not. For 3 of the 4 cracks, I was traveling behind a dump or cement truck at the time.
I did not have collision or comprehensive insurance at the time. I also could not have the first crack repaired right away because I was on a strict deadline and on the road, so the initial crack ran along my entire windshield the next few days. So after rock hits/cracks 2, 3, and 4 on the same windshield in the next year, it didn't really matter since it was already cracked.
I decided to have it fixed and got a quote from my Toyota dealer:
$400 from their contractor with aftermarket glass
$1,000+ by the dealer's auto body shop with OEM glass
My questions are as follows:
1. Are the above quotes fair?
2. I never had a crack in my windshield from 1991 to 2007 and from 2010 to present. Were the four hits while I was traveling in 2008 and 2009 just flukes?? Should I expect rocks hits to be a normal thing, especially with a larger car like a Sienna? If so, why bother replacing the windshield? I actually drove small sub-compact cars from 1991-2007, so there wasn't much of a target to hit.
3. I put in clear nail polish (which I carried in my purse) immediately after two of the above cracks, and that actually stopped the cracking for a year. I refilled the holes with clear nail polish every 3 months or so, whether it was needed or not. Then one day when we had a sudden temperature change, the sealed-up cracks burst and ran to the end of the windshield, even with the nail polish! I was shocked. Is clear nail polish advisable to stop cracks, or is there something better that I can use in a bind? In the future, if the guy comes to fix (not replace) a crack that hasn't ran, will the clear nail polish already there stuck in the hole be a problem for him?
4. Will the guy replace my windshield at my home if I live in a large apartment complex with crowded parking? Or do I have to travel to his place?
Last edited by mileena; 11-09-2011 at 01:42 AM.