We rely on our cars for so many aspects of daily life, from storage for our items to safe transportation of our loved ones, and it’s scary when the safety of that space has been compromised. Approaching your car to discover that it’s been broken into is always an upsetting experience!
The first and most important thing to keep in mind in this situation is to remain calm. It might be inconvenient, but there are solutions to every problem the break-in has caused. It’s also helpful to focus on gratitude that you and your loved ones are safe, even if the car is in need of repair or some items are missing.
Before you touch anything at all, take as many photos as you can of the inside and outside of your vehicle. Make sure you take time to examine the whole vehicle for any additional damage besides the shattered window. Make sure you’re very careful opening and closing doors, as there might be further damage to the glass and impact could cause more breakage.
Take clear, well-lit photos of the broken window, the glass inside the vehicle, and the surrounding area.
Next, you should look through your vehicle and make a note of any missing property. Was anything taken? Carefully check the glove box and center console, as well as anywhere else you might store your items. If any of the missing items contained personal information, like credit cards, be sure to call your bank and notify them of the theft as soon as possible.
Make a Report & File a Claim
Your insurance might require a police report, so be sure to contact your local police to make an official report of the incident, with every detail that you can recall.
After you have spoken to the police, it’s time to file an insurance claim. The photos you took earlier, as well as your list of missing items, will be very useful for this claim.
Your insurance might cover the damage caused by the theft if you have a comprehensive coverage policy, but it’s important to be sure what is and isn’t covered by your policy. Some policies will only cover vandalism if you have already met your deductible.
Contact the Pros at Fast Glass
The final step in getting things back to normal is the glass repair! This repair job is definitely one that needs to be handled by glass professionals– auto glass is not something that can be a “DIY” job. It needs to be installed properly by licensed technicians who use the correct tools and materials.
After the Repair
Our friendly and experienced technicians will do a fantastic job repairing or replacing the glass on your vehicle, but make sure to listen when they let you know how to care for the glass afterward.
For instance, you shouldn’t drive for at least an hour after the repair’s been completed, and you should avoid washing the car for a few days. Making sure to follow these instructions will ensure a long life for your new glass!
No matter what kind of glass damage your car has, whether it can simply be repaired or needs to be fully replaced, Fast Glass technicians will get it done fast and well. Reach out for a free quote and get (safely) back on the road ASAP.