Broken Car Window, Repaired at Aaron Auto Glass
I took a day off yesterday, figuring I needed some downtime at home after a weekend away in Atlanta. I had plans to make a grocery store run in the early afternoon, and a little after 12:00 I went out back to my car.
Here’s my car where I left it on Friday.
Aaaaand here’s what I saw, when I walked over to the other side.
Not good at all.
I called 311 to make a report, but held off on actually going in to the car (I’ve watched too many cop shows, and didn’t want to “disturb the evidence.”) After about 15+ minutes on hold, the cop I spoke with told me to check to see if anything was stolen, and to call back. We chatted briefly, and I basically learned that no one was going to come out and dust for prints.
So… after looking around inside, I saw that nothing was taken. There was this keychain thing in the glove compartment, and the box it was in looked a lot like a nice jewelry box. This was still in the glove compartment. CD’s were still in the armrest, as was a smattering of loose change. From what I could tell, the only thing damaged was the driver’s side front window – which was pretty much 100% shattered.
I spoke with a few construction guys that were working in the building not 20 feet away. No one there saw anything, and only one guy I spoke with noticed the broken window earlier. I flagged down a girl walking her dogs nearby, and she seemed to remember seeing the damage sometime Monday, around 4-5PM.
About 10 minutes later, I happened to see a neighbor, Therese, who told me she reported the damage to the police on Saturday, around 3:45 PM. Thanks to her, I was able to at least pinpoint a better time for when the damage occurred.
After calling the police and filing an official report, I talked to my insurance (Geico). The damage didn’t meet our deductible, so we were on our own to get it repaired. They recommended Safelite, and quoted me a price of $177.06 (this is also with about a $40 discount, via Geico).
I ended up calling around, and found a place nearby called Aaron Auto Glass. The girl I spoke with was named Michelle, and she was really helpful in terms of providing a quote. I was surprised to hear that it was only going to be $90.70 (labor included), and they’d be able to fix it the same day.
I have to say – I had an excellent experience getting my window reparied at Aaron Auto Glass. I was able to get in around 3:45PM, and they were pretty darn quick (I was out of there by 4:50 PM). Replacement window plus vacuuming up all the glass, plus labor was $90.70 – nearly $100 cheaper than the first place I contacted.
On top of that, they called me in at the start of the repair to look at a small covering/piece that had been missing from the door handled. This was something I knew about, but the guy doing the work said that he needed to point out anything amiss prior to them starting – I was pretty impressed at this attention to detail.
The place was a little hectic when I was there, but everyone moved quickly and efficiently. Given how often they have to repeat things to customers, the employees definitely kept things moving without losing patience. As I was checking out, one of the girls I spoke with told me that it was usually pretty slow during the day, and around 3PM things tend to get a little crazy.
If you ever need any kind of car window repair done, definitely give these guys a call. Consider this an official endorsement.
So… not the best way to spend most of my day off, but I guess this is part of living in the big city. At least I got to spend some time outside, and at least I was able to get everything attended to and fixed, all in one day.
I was looking over older blog posts, and realized I’ve got a small timeline of vehicular theft and damage over the years. Here’s a little tour of the things that have happened to my/our vehicles:
September, 2002: Someone barfs on my car door.
October, 2003: Apartment broken into.
July, 2004: Windshield wipers stolen.
July, 2005: Car window broken, radio stolen.
Summer, 2005: Liz’s scooter is stolen (but then later recovered).
September, 2005: Someone tries to write “Ho’s” on my car, but ends up writing “Hoe’s”.
July, 2006: Liz’s Car is stolen.
July, 2006: Liz’s car is recovered in an alley.
July, 2010: Liz’s scooter is stolen… again
July, 2012: Car window broken.
Oh, Chicago. You so crazy.