Filing a claim for windshield repair VT for a vandalized vehicle is not an easy job. Recently, in nearby St. Johnsbury, at least one vandal was spotted throwing softball-sized rocks at vehicles traveling north on Interstate 91. This incident caused the damage of at least three different vehicles, with one sustaining major damage to its windshield.
Such damage is not only unsightly, it can also keep the vehicle from being driven safely. Fortunately, vehicle owners can turn to reputable windshield repair companies in the region for help with guidance from their insurance provider.
Comprehensive vehicle insurance plans should, typically, cover any windshield repair or replacement that might be necessary. However, what you do after your vehicle sustains any damage due to vandalism can affect your claim. Keep the following tips in mind so you know what to do to secure a claim for windshield repair in VT should it get damaged as a result of vandalism, on or off the highway:
- If the damage occurs while you are driving, stop and call the police right away. For safety, it would be best to stay in your vehicle until they arrive on the scene to assist you. While some people disagree with the idea of calling the police, this step is important, as it allows you to make the police report necessary to process your claim in a timely manner. Otherwise, notify the police of the incident within 24 hours of it occurring.
Stopping and calling the police—or at least slowing down—can also keep damage to the windshield or window from spreading by relieving the pressure of the wind slamming down onto it.
- Away from the scene of the vandalism or with the police present, do your best to secure your vehicle from further harm, such as by securing holes with plastic to prevent rain from damaging the interior. If you do not attempt to do this, your auto insurance company may refuse to cover the expense of further repairs.
- Do not make any attempt to clean up or repair the damage until a claims adjuster has arrived and made a full assessment of the physical damage to your vehicle. Doing so may void your insurance claim.
Once your claim is filed, the important task of finding a suitable company to handle the repair or replacement begins. In Vermont, the plan holder is given the right to choose who will perform the repair process. Vehicle owners should make it a point to select a VT windshield replacement company, like Crash Auto Glass, who can guarantee the quality of their work. This safeguards you from any subsequent issues that might occur and that might not be covered by insurance or that might cause your premiums to be raised to an unsustainable level.
(Source: Police looking for vandals who threw rocks at cars, WPTZ.com News Channel 5, June 4, 2014)