So you’ve found your car with a window smashed. Chances are you’re probably feeling pretty panicked and anxious right now. Remember that this happens to people every day – you’ll get through it too.
Keep reading to learn what to do if your car window gets smashed.
A smashed car window is usually a sign your car has been broken into. If that seems to be the case, you’ll need to contact the police and take precautions with your personal information.
Here’s what you should do:
- First, take a deep breath. You’ll need to cancel your appointments or call in late at work to properly deal with this.
- Document the scene. Without touching anything, use your phone or a camera to snap pictures of the broken window at different angles, as well as any interior damage.
- Note any missing property. That includes missing car components and any missing items you had in the car.
- Gather your driver’s license, car insurance card and vehicle registration. You’ll need these when you call the police.
- File a police report. Call your local police or go to the police station and calmly explain what happened.
- Protect your personal information. If your wallet or purse was stolen, the thief may have your credit/debit card or documents containing personal information. Call your bank to report the lost card, and consider placing a fraud alert on your account.
- File an insurance claim, depending on your coverage. Depending on your insurance plan this might cause your rates to go up, so consider carefully.
Before attempting to clean up the car or repair the damage, follow all police instructions. Once the police say it’s okay, you can take steps to prep the window for repair while protecting it from rain and snow.
It’s especially important to store your car in a safe place (ideally a locked garage) while the window is broken.
- Packing tape
- Masking tape
- Razor or box cutter
- Gloves or a towel
- Vacuum cleaner
- Extension cord (optional)
Wear gloves or wrap a towel around your hands to clear away any glass still attached to the window edges. Then use a portable vacuum cleaner (or your regular vacuum cleaner with an extension cord) to vacuum every speck of glass from your car. Check under the seats and carpets for any shards. Wipe down the exterior of the window frame with a damp cloth to remove dust or grime before you attach a patch with tape.
You can create a temporary window cover with tape. Cover any exposed paint with masking tape. Then tightly stretch the packing tape from top to bottom over the door in strips. Cut each length of tape with the razor or box cutter. Overlap strips as you move across. Then repeat the process from the inside of the car.
With your patched window you can drive safely for a little bit. But you’ll eventually need to get your car window repaired by professionals.
From a smashed passenger window to a cracked windshield or foggy headlight, your local Glass Doctor is here to fix all your auto glass panes. Call the experts at Glass Doctor® at (833) 365-2927 or request an appointment online today for all car window or windshield repair needs.
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