What To Do When An Ex Vandalizes Your Car And Breaks Your Windshield

Posted on: 28 June 2018

Some people do not take break-ups well. As auto body shops, windshield repair shops, and tire shops can attest, they see a lot of the post-break-up rage taken out on vehicles. If you ever have an ex vandalize your vehicle and break glass, here is what you need to do next.

Call the Police

First things first, call the police. It does not matter if you saw your ex do it. You need to file a damage report for vandalism. Your insurance company will need this report if you intend to file an auto insurance claim. If you, or someone you know, saw your ex do this to your car, then the police can track them down and make an arrest. The police can also check street cameras to see if there is any footage of the person vandalizing your vehicle. 

Call Your Insurance Company

Some expenses from vandalism may be covered when you carry more than just liability insurance. After you have filed your police report, call your insurance company to see what is covered, what is not covered, and how much of your deductible you have to meet before your insurance company will cover the rest. Some insurance companies will also only cover repairs if you use one of their pre-approved auto glass, tire and wheel, and/or auto body repair technicians. If that is the case, you will need the telephone numbers to the auto glass repair technicians, at the very least, because the police will not allow you to drive around in a vehicle with smashed windows and/or windshields.

Call Windshield Repair Services

Clearly, you cannot drive your vehicle  with all of this broken glass in the way. When you cannot afford a tow to the auto glass repair shop, there are plenty of mobile windshield repair shops that are willing to bring new windshields and windows to you. When you call them, be sure to tell them the year, make, model and any extra details about your vehicle so that they can bring all the correct windows and windshields with them to where your vehicle is parked. If your insurance company is going to cover some of the costs of the damages, be sure that you hire a glass repair shop that takes payments from your insurance company. Otherwise, you will have to pay the bill in full yourself and then send the bill to the insurance company to be reimbursed. For more information, contact a local cracked windshield repair service.