Several years ago I had a small chip on my car windshield. I repaired it with a do-it-yourself kit from the car parts store. The job was easy to do, but a bit of a hassle. That windshield bit the dust, and the current windshield has been in place for three years. Two weeks ago I noticed a chip on the passenger side with cracks radiating out from the center. From one edge to the other it was about two inches long. I thought that would be too big to repair, so I called my insurance company about having the windshield replaced again.
The insurance company uses a "preferred" provider for auto glass, so I got transferred to that office. Much to my surprise they told me I could have the chip repaired, and set an appointment for this afternoon. At 2:00 the doorbell rang and the technician introduced herself. I showed her the windshield imperfection, and she verified she could indeed take care of it. It would take her about 30 minutes to do the job.
It actually took closer to 20 minutes. She cleaned the windshield, then injected resin into the chip and set an ultra-violet light on top of the area to cure the resin. While it was curing she cleaned the exterior of the rest of the windows and vacuumed the front seat carpet of the car (which was a nice touch). Before I knew it she was knocking at the door again with my paperwork. Unlike my do-it-yourself job this one has a warranty. She showed me her work and I was amazed. All that was left of the chip was two pinhead sized dots. The rest had disappeared.
The best part? My insurance company waived the deductible because I had the windshield repaired instead of replaced.
Five years ago today: Jammies