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      01-17-2020, 03:54 AM   #23
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I had a windshield replaced with factory glass and it was around $1600 at a glass shop vs. the $2300 the dealer quoted for the same glass. Price included some other misc items they had to replace because of the rain sensor and cameras.
You always have the option of filing a claim with your insurance company, but then a claim goes against you in the long run.
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I had a windshield replaced with factory glass and it was around $1600 at a glass shop vs. the $2300 the dealer quoted for the same glass. Price included some other misc items they had to replace because of the rain sensor and cameras.
You always have the option of filing a claim with your insurance company, but then a claim goes against you in the long run.
I am going to file a claim. I was at bmw for something else and asked them about replacing my windshield. As soon as $2300 came out of his mouth, I said I will go somewhere else. It would have been convenient to have it done there. I am sure they out source
My dealer brings it to safelite
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My dealer brings it to safelite
One thing many people don't understand is that most dealers will actually just call Safelite and have them replace the glass while you pay a premium for the middle man.
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One thing many people don't understand is that most dealers will actually just call Safelite and have them replace the glass while you pay a premium for the middle man.
So the secret sauce is the glass, not the installer.
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My dealer brings it to safelite
One thing many people don't understand is that most dealers will actually just call Safelite and have them replace the glass while you pay a premium for the middle man.
And Safelite doesn't replace sensors. The dealership I go to says they do it themselves which is why they have to get the glass from the distributor for each vehicle. This would be my preferred route.
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In fact, my friends 340 did not need sensor replacement, although Safelite was prepared to do so. Everything calibrated and worked flawlessly after the installation (it has been raining in SA for the last three days) and they charged $1300, not $2100. His insurance had approved up to $1500, so covered it completely. Just sayin'

I, for one, will not be using the dealer if I ever need this done.
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      01-17-2020, 03:23 PM   #28
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In fact, my friends 340 did not need sensor replacement, although Safelite was prepared to do so. Everything calibrated and worked flawlessly after the installation (it has been raining in SA for the last three days) and they charged $1300, not $2100. His insurance had approved up to $1500, so covered it completely. Just sayin'

I, for one, will not be using the dealer if I ever need this done.
when I replaced a windshield a couple of years ago the Safelite tech who did the work at my house said they can calibrate but they have to do it at one of their locations, not in the field. Did the tech calibrate your cameras in the field?
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In fact, my friends 340 did not need sensor replacement, although Safelite was prepared to do so. Everything calibrated and worked flawlessly after the installation (it has been raining in SA for the last three days) and they charged $1300, not $2100. His insurance had approved up to $1500, so covered it completely. Just sayin'

I, for one, will not be using the dealer if I ever need this done.
when I replaced a windshield a couple of years ago the Safelite tech who did the work at my house said they can calibrate but they have to do it at one of their locations, not in the field. Did the tech calibrate your cameras in the field?
I just saw a crack in my windshield—longer than a dollar bill—prob a rock by a truck during my commute.

The quote I got from BMW was $2,679. For parts and labor.

With Amica Insurance, I have full glass coverage and no deductible. Costs me nothing. Plus with a lease I'd be a little hesitant not to use branded BMW parts and labor.
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I just like going to the dealership for everything so there's only one place to hold accountable.
Agree 1000%. Iím sure I pay more to service my cars at the dealer. But, I do like the convenience of dropping it off and getting a nice loaner for a day or two, and I really like one place being accountable. Worth the difference for the ease/piece of mind, at least to me.
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Just to add my experience with a recent windshield replacement on my 2012 BMW X5. Farmers recommended Safelite, but I wanted BMW glass. Dealership would not deal with insurance and I would have had to pay $2600 up front and then file a claim through Farmers. Farmers would not cover that cost. I asked Safelite what my out of pocket would be if I went with BMW glass and it was almost $800 (my deductible is $100). I decided to go with the OEM equivalent glass. Several months later the glass looks fine, HOWEVER, this windshield allows much more heat through the windshield. This is a problem in Texas. Also, Safelight put the wrong pad between the rain sensor and glass and it looked terrible. When I brought it back they said it was the only pad they had for my car and that what I was seeing (big bubbles) was normal. I was not happy with the answer. I went back and forth with them to no avail so I just ordered a couple new pads on eBay for a couple bucks and replaced them myself. Looks much better now. Also Safelite didn't replace a couple of the plastic panels in the cowl/fender area. I had to reinstall those correctly. I was not happy with Safelite. Also, I have added the OEM ryder to my insurance policy for both of my BMWs. It's only an additional $50 per year and guaranties that all future replacement parts will be BMW parts.
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Just to add my experience with a recent windshield replacement on my 2012 BMW X5. Farmers recommended Safelite, but I wanted BMW glass. Dealership would not deal with insurance and I would have had to pay $2600 up front and then file a claim through Farmers. Farmers would not cover that cost. I asked Safelite what my out of pocket would be if I went with BMW glass and it was almost $800 (my deductible is $100). I decided to go with the OEM equivalent glass. Several months later the glass looks fine, HOWEVER, this windshield allows much more heat through the windshield. This is a problem in Texas. Also, Safelight put the wrong pad between the rain sensor and glass and it looked terrible. When I brought it back they said it was the only pad they had for my car and that what I was seeing (big bubbles) was normal. I was not happy with the answer. I went back and forth with them to no avail so I just ordered a couple new pads on eBay for a couple bucks and replaced them myself. Looks much better now. Also Safelite didn't replace a couple of the plastic panels in the cowl/fender area. I had to reinstall those correctly. I was not happy with Safelite. Also, I have added the OEM ryder to my insurance policy for both of my BMWs. It's only an additional $50 per year and guaranties that all future replacement parts will be BMW parts.
That sounds brutal. A friend of mine who had a side window replaced by Safelite after a break in had quite a poor experience with their work quality as well. I haven't yet had a crack on the windshield, but if I do I'll be doing BMW glass at the service center. I have Liberty Mutual with the BMW package so BMW parts and BMW service centers are considered the same as Liberty Mutual garages for repairs.
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when I replaced a windshield a couple of years ago the Safelite tech who did the work at my house said they can calibrate but they have to do it at one of their locations, not in the field. Did the tech calibrate your cameras in the field?
No, he had to make an appointment and take it in for that, they couldn't do it in the field, but the cameras calibrated automatically, so they didn't need to do it. Talked to him again today, and we have had some rain, and he said sensors and everything are working flawlessly. He saved about $800, based on what the dealer quoted.
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when I replaced a windshield a couple of years ago the Safelite tech who did the work at my house said they can calibrate but they have to do it at one of their locations, not in the field. Did the tech calibrate your cameras in the field?
No, he had to make an appointment and take it in for that, they couldn't do it in the field, but the cameras calibrated automatically, so they didn't need to do it. Talked to him again today, and we have had some rain, and he said sensors and everything are working flawlessly. He saved about $800, based on what the dealer quoted.
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when I replaced a windshield a couple of years ago the Safelite tech who did the work at my house said they can calibrate but they have to do it at one of their locations, not in the field. Did the tech calibrate your cameras in the field?
No, he had to make an appointment and take it in for that, they couldn't do it in the field, but the cameras calibrated automatically, so they didn't need to do it. Talked to him again today, and we have had some rain, and he said sensors and everything are working flawlessly. He saved about $800, based on what the dealer quoted.
Waiting to find out if bmw windshield is covered in full. If not how much?

PPG made windshield will be 100% covered.
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when I replaced a windshield a couple of years ago the Safelite tech who did the work at my house said they can calibrate but they have to do it at one of their locations, not in the field. Did the tech calibrate your cameras in the field?
No, he had to make an appointment and take it in for that, they couldn't do it in the field, but the cameras calibrated automatically, so they didn't need to do it. Talked to him again today, and we have had some rain, and he said sensors and everything are working flawlessly. He saved about $800, based on what the dealer quoted.
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when I replaced a windshield a couple of years ago the Safelite tech who did the work at my house said they can calibrate but they have to do it at one of their locations, not in the field. Did the tech calibrate your cameras in the field?
No, he had to make an appointment and take it in for that, they couldn't do it in the field, but the cameras calibrated automatically, so they didn't need to do it. Talked to him again today, and we have had some rain, and he said sensors and everything are working flawlessly. He saved about $800, based on what the dealer quoted.
My insurance is covering the calibration
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