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Old 11 Nov 2007, 02:51 pm
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Default Reasonable cost to replace a smashed-in window

Hey All,

Woke to rude awakening recently as I walked to my parked RSX recently.
Passenger window completely smashed in overnight. Worthless property
on floor behind passeneger seat stolen. Since car's fairly new, still
would rather have dealership fix it. Originally the estimate to
replace window was (ball parked here) around $600 overall.

Then, I gotta call a day later saying that "rotors" or "rollers" were
bent and needed replacement too. I don't remember which was uttered
being that I was in kind of a shock over the additional cost. Now the
price to fix is up to around (again ball parked), $850-$900.

Mechanic says fallen glass could have been the culprit that "bent"
them, but he couldn't say for sure. I can say for sure that the glass
was completely gone, and I didn't touch the motor to run window up or
down. The vertical plastic strip above the door handle was pried up
some, but didn't look all that violently compromised.

My question is this: is something "bent" within the door possible
here? Or is the dealership just trying to jack up the cost here? I'm
admittedly not super knowledgable on the subject, but from the
evidence I could see, these losers grabbed the first thing they saw
and dashed since likely the alarm went off. There was likely not much
else likely touched.

I really like this dealership, and it would kill me to think they're
being opportunistic here.

Anybody have a clue?

Thank you,
write2here@hotmail.com

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Old 11 Nov 2007, 04:22 pm
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write2here@hotmail.com wrote in news:1194814294.053157.303140@
22g2000hsm.googlegroups.com:

> Hey All,
>
> Woke to rude awakening recently as I walked to my parked RSX recently.
> Passenger window completely smashed in overnight. Worthless property
> on floor behind passeneger seat stolen. Since car's fairly new, still
> would rather have dealership fix it.




Excellent decision.


> Originally the estimate to
> replace window was (ball parked here) around $600 overall.
>
> Then, I gotta call a day later saying that "rotors" or "rollers" were
> bent and needed replacement too. I don't remember which was uttered
> being that I was in kind of a shock over the additional cost. Now the
> price to fix is up to around (again ball parked), $850-$900.





They shouldn't have given you ANY kind of ballpark. That was foolish and
dangerous for them, and you can now see why.



>
> Mechanic says fallen glass could have been the culprit that "bent"
> them, but he couldn't say for sure. I can say for sure that the glass
> was completely gone, and I didn't touch the motor to run window up or
> down. The vertical plastic strip above the door handle was pried up
> some, but didn't look all that violently compromised.




You'd be amazed. It takes some force to break a window. How many times
did the thief have to strike it before it broke?


>
> My question is this: is something "bent" within the door possible
> here?




Absolutely. Especially if the thief tried to pry the door/window before
attempting a window smash. Most thieves aren't trained by the AAA on how
to cleanly get into a locked car. Besides, if they were of normal
intelligence, they wouldn't be breaking into cars in the first place.




> Or is the dealership just trying to jack up the cost here? I'm
> admittedly not super knowledgable on the subject, but from the
> evidence I could see, these losers grabbed the first thing they saw
> and dashed since likely the alarm went off. There was likely not much
> else likely touched.




Just the "getting in" part is what ran up that big bill here, not what
they took afterwards.

Be thankful they were stupid amateurs. Smarter crooks would have gone
for your ECM and airbags, which are worth a lot of dough to them. In
that case the repair bill would have easily run to several thousand
dollars.



>
> I really like this dealership, and it would kill me to think they're
> being opportunistic here.
>
> Anybody have a clue?
>



Sorry for your loss. You didn't have fire and theft on your car?

The price is reasonable. When something like this happens, you'd be
amazed at the collateral damage that can occur. Much of it you won't see
until you have stuff apart, or try to fit new parts to old ones that
appear undamaged at first glance.


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Old 11 Nov 2007, 05:09 pm
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Tegger <tegger@tegger.c0m> wrote in
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> You'd be amazed. It takes some force to break a window. How many times
> did the thief have to strike it before it broke?


Actually,if you use the tip of a spark plug or a spring-loaded center
punch,the side windows shatter very easily.That's the latest technique on
the street,BTW.
what complicates things is if the window has plastic tinting applied to
it;it acts like laminated safety glass,very tough.Then they have to pry out
the broken window to get in. That happened to one of my neighbors,I found
the side window lying on the ground,shattered but still all in "one piece".

The cost to replace the broken side window on my 94 Integra was $250,4
years ago,but Florida requires glass coverage I believe,and my
auto insurance covered it completely.A mobile van came out and did the job
in the parking lot.

Lesson is that you cannot keep ANY item of value in sight in your
car,....without a guard dog to protect it.

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Old 21 Nov 2007, 07:46 am
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write2here@hotmail.com wrote in news:1194814294.053157.303140@
22g2000hsm.googlegroups.com:

> Then, I gotta call a day later saying that "rotors" or "rollers" were
> bent and needed replacement too. I don't remember which was uttered
> being that I was in kind of a shock over the additional cost. Now the
> price to fix is up to around (again ball parked), $850-$900.
>


$900 to replace a side window? Nah. Your car is fairly new...still have a
loan? Contact your insurance company to see what they cover.
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