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Old September 18th, 2016, 09:27 PM   #1
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getting a new Front Windshield until...RUST!

i've had this small crack that runs along the passenger side and doesn't affect my vision but I wanted to get a new Front Windshield but the glass installer found RUST! and said legally he couldn't put in the new one because it could leak, fly off, not adhere properly

i got an initial estimate from a Hot Rod and Collector's Auto Body Shop that deals with rust all the time on older vehicles and the initial quote is around $1,200. if its extensive, he said it could run well over $2,000 with a new roof needed and maybe even more


i made sure that the TSB for the A Pillar roof leak was done:

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and he said usually its due to improper install of a New Windshield or damage during installation. The current windshield is not Honda OEM and I bought it that way and think that the previous owner or dealership had a sub par installer install the replacement windshield


at this point, i'm considering a couple different options:

1. Hope to god that the Rust damage and repair doesn't go over $2,000, and just get it fix since the Car is paid off

2. Find a qualified Windshield installer who can hopefully fix the damage, stop more rust from forming and just keep it a few more years for around $1000-1,500

3. really don't wanna sell it, but if i could find an 8th Gen. Accord Coupe, it might make more sense to put that $2,000-3,000 towards another car rather than dumping more money into it


any advice, help is greatly appreciated
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Old September 18th, 2016, 10:28 PM   #2
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i got 1 pic my brother-in-law took when i was in Oregon on business last week when he met with the Windshield installer






i spoke with a State Farm rep. and she said they would cover Rust but i think she is mistaken because the info i got is more than likely they would not cover it...i'll be calling our Agent tomorrow for a definitive answer
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 07:51 PM   #3
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Lots of money to spend on your car, but if it is paid off and otherwise runs well, its still cheaper than buying another one.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 06:34 PM   #4
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i got 1 pic my brother-in-law took when i was in Oregon on business last week when he met with the Windshield installer






i spoke with a State Farm rep. and she said they would cover Rust but i think she is mistaken because the info i got is more than likely they would not cover it...i'll be calling our Agent tomorrow for a definitive answer
isnt it missing the top strip of weather stripping????
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Old September 25th, 2016, 02:05 AM   #5
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Yup^^ not sure if the owner ripped it off or been missing. Looks like it's been missing for awhile


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Old September 30th, 2016, 09:01 PM   #6
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that piece was removed and reattached with adhesive by the installer

yes i do have that strip in place

i'm down to 2 guys from searching for the past couple weeks, calling about 15 different independent as well as body shops
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Lots of money to spend on your car, but if it is paid off and otherwise runs well, its still cheaper than buying another one.
lowest quote i got was $500 WITH windshield which seemed way too low to me since Safelite was gonna charge $360ish soooo this didn't seem like the best option

obviously the most expensive was the Hot Rod Body Shop that quoted me $1,200 upwards to $2,000 to replace the Entire roof


i've narrowed it down to 2 guys, both of them wanting $700 respectively including windshield, rust repair, and paint

very fair IMO and meeting with the other guy tomorrow to decide who to go with next Friday
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update: ending up paying $720.00 which could have been more if the Rust was more extensive when the car was token apart

drove all the way to Utah and back on a Business Road Trip and didn't have any problems


seal looks great, paint looks good, and feels great having a new Front Windshield without any imperfections esp. those tiny rock chips in the glass that happen over time


will post pics later this week
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Old November 12th, 2016, 04:59 PM   #9
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pic of rust fixed, painted, and new rubber put on:

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