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I had an oncoming dumptruck bust my windshield today at 3,700 miles. As we passed each other on hwy 96E my windshield went "crack!" and a big bugsplat of mud and gravel hit it. I did an instant Duke Boys 180 and caught up to him, after passing 3 cars, **holy hell my truck is fast** and pissing off everyone at the 4 way stop. He played, "are you sure it didn't come off the roadway?" junk as his truck's covered in frozen mud and gravel. Called his boss, who was quick to offer insurance when he returned my call. good folks as far as I can tell.
Here's my question:
I'm inclined to just have it repaired with the epoxy deal, as it's total area is less than a quarter, but through both layers of glass. I'm a contractor and I realize stuff happens and don't want to jack his insurance if it can be avoided.
Alternately, I think I recall reading some "thin windshield" or "cheap windshield" threads on TT? Any reason not to have the epoxy repair done? I told the guy I'd likely just have him pay for the repair, and expected it to be less than a Bill total, but would feel better about some opinions before I catch up to him tomorrow.

Thanks in advance for the insight.
 

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What insurance company do you have? I have Farm Bureau and they have a no deductable on glass breakage. I've used it a couple of times and my premiums have never gone up.

If the dump truck company is willing to foot the bill I would let them. I'd rather have a new windshield than just have it repaired.
 

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Replace the windshield, don't repair it. I had the same thing when my truck was 2 months old.

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Another vote for a complete replacement. That'll cost the insurance company about $300, the company about $0 and you'll have the piece of mind of a new windshield.
 

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$565 installed from Lawrence Glass in the 'boro. OEM only, b'c of the temp thing in the windshield?

Dump truck co has worked it out for me to have it replaced and they pay the bill......Glad I chased him down!
 

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Holy shi'ite that's expensive!

Glad it worked for you though, even though it took a couple months apparently.

What is the 'temp thing' you are talking about?
 

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tnbowhunter said:
What insurance company do you have? I have Farm Bureau and they have a no deductable on glass breakage. I've used it a couple of times and my premiums have never gone up.

If the dump truck company is willing to foot the bill I would let them. I'd rather have a new windshield than just have it repaired.
Many years ago I had nationwide. After too many glass claims (3 in 2 years) they upped the glass deductable to $500. Their only justification was 'too many claims'. So apparently, at that time in my life, I was more susceptible to flying rocks than other people...
 

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The temp thing I'm talking about (maybe it's the compass?) anyway, its one of the two that make it so expensive. Apparently with whatever option I have ('08 pro4x) there ain't a "non OEM" windshield available.
 

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The temp thing I'm talking about (maybe it's the compass?) anyway, its one of the two that make it so expensive. Apparently with whatever option I have ('08 pro4x) there ain't a "non OEM" windshield available.
Would it be too much trouble to get details on that?? I don't know of any Titans that have any options like that that's not available on an Armada and this is the first time I've heard of anything like this. I'm questioning whether that was just some BS that they fed out to get more $$$.
 

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My dad owns a trucking company, we deal with this a lot. Obviously you have proof and the driver admitted it. I would go ahead and have the windshield replaced, their insurance won't be affected by this...
 

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Would it be too much trouble to get details on that?? ....,..

I talked to the nice folks at Lawrence Glass in Murfreesboro today and scheduled to have it done Thursday. The girl told me the self tinting (rearview?) option is what makes it so expensive. Chromatic glass or something like that. I'll post up better details when I get the invoice later this week.
 

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A coworker of mine, had his windshield replaced and they gave him some aftermarket glass that was warped or something near the pillars, causing distortion of the image. Eventually they gave him an OEM replacement. Sounds like a rare instance of OEM being better than aftermarket. Hard to believe but ...
 

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Back when I had a Datsun 620, I had the camper on and was traveling through Montana on a secondary road behind a guy in a belly-dumper. I must have annoyed this jerk somehow because just before I'm ready to pull out to pass, the idiot toggles the dump valve on the trailer twice. Rocks flew everywhere. I noted his license plate and gave that information to my insurance company as I was filing the claim for the windshield, headlights, and a new radiator. I sent a photograph of the initial damage in along with the claim, as I had to (of course) replace all four headlights right away, and buy a can of SolderSeal for the radiator to get me home.

About a month later I had a check for the deductible from the trucking company, along with an apology. Too bad people don't still do business the same way - with integrity.
 
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