Windshield Cracks

WindshieldCrack

As a lady was driving in front of me the other day, she drove on to the emergency lane to get in front of traffic, at that very moment a nice round rock went flying at my windshield. It hit the bottom right corner exactly which produced a nice juicy crack across my windshield. I want to scream from my car and throw something at her, but by then she was already a long way down the emergency lane.

The crack was right in the middle of my line of site, it even refracted light at a strange angle. I knew I would have to change it, so I went to insurance, they said to change it at Al Mailam, which costs 30-40 KD. I refused and argued with them to have them accept the cost of changing at Toyota for 270 KD.

One of the few parts which is expensive at Toyota is the windshield, even the bumper is 45 KD. The reason for that is the quality of the glass and how it protects the occupants from flying objects and how it reacts.

People would personally just pay for the 40 KD windshield thinking its the same, but its not. I have tried them before and quality isn’t even half as good. Its not he same thickness, doesn’t fit 100%, rust can enter the area around the windshield since its not the same fit even with silicon meant to hold it in place and when its hit by an object, it definitely doesn’t protect in the same manner. The risk factor is your safety versus cost, and in my mind thats a no brainer.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

12 Comments

  1. Stubborn

    The point is not just the glass quality the only counts.

    Most dealers have a device that goes around the windshield from both sides that detects any air leakage or noise, which cannot be found in typical Shuwaik. Adding up the mess of silicone used.

    If you do it at home, I’ll bet you’d do it better than Al Mailam.

    It really worth it doing it at Toyota!

  2. biggie27

    just an observation, but if u go do it at al mailam yourself its actually cheaper than the insurance!!!! i did mine for 28 kd !!!!!

  3. does comprehensive insurance cover cracked windshields??

  4. I got mine changed the first time for free but they warned me that glass replacement wont be covered by the warranty the second time :(

  5. if the insurance coers it then its cool, otherwise i think its not worth paying 10x more for something which in my expeience will most probably need to be changed here in Kuwait every 18 months on averge, atleast in my case ( i do lots of highway driving) so i get alot of such incidents. the amount of extra noise is really minimum if exists at all, and the quality of the glass, well i tried both the oem and the china one and they both got chipped so.. u know. i would pay the 30kd in shuwaikh and spend the rest some where else. moneysaved is money earned :P

  6. Kuwaity

    270 KD ?? That is the cost of Toyota.

    The VW Phaeton windshield, which is designed for more than 300km/h, costs only 174 KD in the dealer. The heated and laminated versions costs 650 KD but it is not like the one in the Toyota.

  7. Qusai

    you call her a lady!! she should be behinde bars!! simply, i would’ve followed that b*^%@ and FORCED her to pay! believe me i would’ve done it and followed her even if she’s driving outside the country!!!

  8. Those people are soooooooo annoying! The cops need to get off their ass and do something about these people.

  9. Aaaaargh… Kha6ak issoo.

    Original is definately better… You’re right not to use the cheaper one.

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