On Saturday, I had my car broken into. The window on my drivers side was smashed in. Nothing was taken. I dont know why they did it. It was intentional because the "frame thing" next to it was torn. I just had it fixed today. 200 dollars. Dang. For a small peice of glass that is smaller than a Patio table. It just seems awfully steep. Not only that... but they did not even tint it like it was originally. Just seems like I got taken. I hate auto repair shops.
Boy you sure do not know anything about the auto body business.
OK you pay anywhere from 5 to 40 thousand on a car. You want a glass replaced that costs around 145 bucks, then install it (around an hour). So all together you have 145 plus 20 bucks (my labor cost for the hour)so that is 165.
Then you need to add some profit on it to pay the bills so lets see that is 200-165= 35 dollars. Wow, I think you got a helluva deal! And then you want to complain about tint! GET A CLUE!!!
Is there any thread that you do not complain on!!! ????? Please stop and think before you post it is really getting old of all the whining you do!
You can hate body shops all you want but we keep you on the road! Are you socialized in anything?? Do you know what gas costs? What health care costs? What anything costs. What do you do for a living? Why can't you open up your mind instead of being so closed. You would get along with everyone a lot better.
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 5/17/2007 12:54:32 AM*** Reason: changed bitch to complain
wileyblaze - omg! What is your problem with me? I never said one bad thing to you and you get on my thread and chew me a new one? I am starting to wonder if you are not JOCE under a different name.
first off... I answered your questions on the other board about the dog eating the underwear and boot 2 times without complaining at all. Although I mentioned if your dog were taught not to chew.....I did not blame it on you. If anything I blamed it on the person who was careless enough to leave their items on the ground. So I did not judge you. Where do you get off attacking me?
number 2 - ok.. so this is not a fun survey or an off topic joke. while those are fun it is not the only thing this board is for. I guess this is where I THOUGHT we could dicuss things that have happened lately. It is a general comment board. But I see this only applies to you when you whine about your dog chewing up other peoples things. While, admittedly, I do NOT know much about the automotive industry at all.... all you had to do was say... "well actually it sounds like you got a good deal" and gone on to explain how much you charge. THere was no need for the personal attack on me yet again.
I guess I was just sharing my experience. Geez..... I cant win for losing.
I guess if I am not expelling roses out my a** I am not allowed to post. Either that or you have to be an expert on everything to say anything without being attacked.
Repeat mantra: I will not let attackers provoke me I will not let attackers provoke me I will not let attackers provoke me.
***Edited By: Cinnamons mommy on 5/17/2007 3:17:53 AM*** Reason: Repeat mantra that I failed to enforce..... will try to do better next time.
Doesn't your insurance company pay for that? My bfs insurance company paid to have his window fixed in his truck. Car parts are very expensive. For example, my bf had just bought a brand new car, about $23,000. He got in an accident. He needed a new hood, seats, and bumper. That was enough to write off the car. My friend just skidded his bike, write off for just damage to the frame.
And since we are discussing vehicles and getting robbed. Think of this. By law, insurance companies(where I live) can only charge a maximum of $150/month for basic insurance on a clean driver. BUT, in order to finance a vehicle you need the super insurance. I have a clean driving record, I finance a car, I pay $369/month for insurance, not to add the $300 I pay in car payments. Thats robbery, lol.
Unfortunately my deductable is 500. So.... to write it off on insurance, I would have had to have 500 or more in damages. I am going to try to get my boss at that job to pay for 1/2 of the cost. I dont know how sucessful I will be. This is the 4th break in that they have had in the past 1.5 months. But nothing is being done about it. I dont know what the theives were after in my car since I did not have any personal belongings in the car and nothing was missing. They may have gotten intterupted before they were able to get anything though. THey did it in broad daylight on a Saturday when the gym is very busy. This is my second job.
But I agree that insurance is outrageous too. I am lucky though. For two cars.... one with full insurance, the other liability only. I think I pay 107 a month for insurance through geico. I think I get a good deal on it.
Sorry about the window. Hubby had his read window broken, not sure if it was a rock or if it was shot with a BB gun, but the end result was the same. I carry a low deductible on insurance, but still had to pay something like 150 to have it replaced. Thought that was a pretty good deal, since they came to the house, removed the broken glass (took it away for me too) and replaced it. Now, if it had been the FRONT windshield it would have been replaced for free! Not sure about the laws elsewhere, but in FL it is the state law that insurance replace the front windshields.
"Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful".
wiley why don't you lay off of cinnamon , you attack her in every post. she's making a discussion. auto body repair shops are rip offs. be careful on the one you choose. get second a third estimates.
as far as insurance , after i bought my mustang , my insurance threatened to cancel me unless my son got his own policy from mine for his car,then they would renew me. then part of the clause i had to sign was if he drove my car and was in a accident they wont cover the collision. poor kid can't drive my car. now that should be illegal.the company i have is ny central.to me that's highway robbery.
General rule with auto glass the smaller it is the more it will cost, also if it is this years model more money.
As for tint they probably used what they had in the shop, so that you would be able to drive, some auto glass has like 6 different tints from limo black to clear. Now if it isnt a factory tint, or in other words that glue on crap then you need to ask extra for that.
wiley i kinda get why you are so upset as auto repair is your line of work. its like i feel sometimes when people bash the cost of vet medicine when i work in that field. but i dont think cinnamons mommy was really being whiny. she was just stating how upset she was about having her car broken into and now having to pay out money for repairs. when people get hit with a surprise bill for something, i can see how they'd want to complain a bit about it.
i have had a few windshields replaced over the years. they have run me anywhere from 150 to 250 dollars. the rear windshield cost me close to 500, i guess its more expensive because of those defrost things that are in them.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
You got a GREAT DEAL. Price it out next time and you will know. IMO
I'm off, time to run my dogs and head to work!
Yes those back windows run any where from 300 bucks and up. I put one in last week that my cost was 324.00.00. I did get 40 dollars to put that one in and the profit on the glass was around 50.00. A blade was broken cutting it out and those cost 32 bucks so that is way the cookie crumbles. A blade will last any where from one to three windshield replacements. The knife was over 800.00.
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 5/17/2007 8:11:56 AM*** Reason: .
i can see where blaze is coming from,you did get a great deal and blaze you are cheap for labour20bones.my boyfriend is a mechanic for over 25years and you always get comments about feeling cheated.i myself have done autobody and its not a fun job.im sorry about your car,it was some jerk just breaking your glass not breaking in.
Thanks to all of you. Truce Wiley and thank you as well. :) I guess I also failed to state they used a peice of glass that I "provided" from a wrecked car. I had already paid for the glass, and brought it with me since when I called them they did not have it in stock.
Wiley, This might sound like a stupid question, but how do they do the back windows with the rear defrosters? DO they have to replace it or can they retint it? I have recently been considering getting the entire car retinted. The rear windshield is tinted and it seems that lately they rear window is hard to see out of. It is blurry. I dont know if the tint is just coming up or what but it is not clear to look through. The car is a 10 year old Honda Accord.... so... it is not new. I absolutly LOVE this car.
If I where you I would call the places that tint only. They have the patterns all cut and are great on putting it on. Just make a few phone calls from the yellow pages and they will give you a price.
Yes the back window can be re-tinted IF it isn't factory privacy glass .
There is nothing wrong with driving a 10 year old car. An automobile is the worst investment there is. Look at how fast they depreciate but you sure can't live with out them. Just look at the money you are saving with car payments!
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 5/17/2007 9:16:49 PM*** Reason: .
I agree you got a great deal concerding you probly didnt know the guy. Thats what glass guys charge people they like, If your friends you get price of window. You would crap your pants if you knew how much profit they make. diffrent windows of corse cost a diffrent price. If i rember right a 99 haundy eleuntra frount drivers side is around 50$ (I think its the 99 im not to good with the years) Hubby will charge someone we know 140$ to put in it. Thats around $90 in pocket for less the a hour work. he does it on the side so thats some kick butt money. Look at a glass business, or body shop. They have rent to pay, worker to pay, and alot of other people. I dont know a single body shop that rakes in the money. My brother in law is a paint man. If hes doing side jobs he can bring it in like you wouldnt belive. But at work he gets paied commessionhe gets alot of over time because one job is usualy 4 hours.
My brother in law and Hubby are the fastest people around here. Hubby can put in windows like you wouldnt belive. he goes shop to shop doing it and they have never seen someone as fast as him. Brother in law is just as fast with painting. He will paint 2 big trucks in the time it taks anyone in the shop to finish half of one, maby a full one if my brother in law stops to jerk around. His work is fab too.
I need to talk those boys into opening there own body shop, Between the 2 of them they can handle every thing there is to handle and do it faster then anyone around here can.
What kind of knife do you use? Ive gone to work with hubby tons of times and his blade can last him all day (he will put in around 15 a day)thinking about it I have only seen him change the blade once we got there he looked at it said a few things about another worker (not so nice) and changed it, If you want i can find out what hes using and tell you.
I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame I'd even cut my hair and change my name
You know really I would be very upset with the person who broke it, not the person who fixed it.
Monkey it is a BTB knife. The long blade to do the bottom of the glass will last forever but the short one to use around the edges goes pretty fast. One thing nice about this knife is that it doesn't shake or vibrate your hand. I had to switch to this because my fingers where turning white and the doc told me to figure what is putting all this trauma on them. I bought this knife and the problem was gone.
Hubbys know goes like crazy but he uses the same blade all the way around. Im gonna have to tel lhim about the knife that does not shake, hes not having problems with it right now but he hates it anyway.
I'm gonna trade this life for fortune and fame I'd even cut my hair and change my name