So I’m not sure if this is better suited to GQ or IHMO, but here goes.
My car is less than a year old, bought new. Late last week, coming out from work, I noticed a crack in my windshield, about a foot and a half long. It started from the lower corner on the passenger side, going up at about a 45% angle. At the very lower corner, there was a small circular impact that looked like something hit it. Didn’t notice how it happened though.
So, I called my insurance company to arrange for a windshield replacement. The glass repair company came today (a nationwide company beginning with an S, if it matters). The guy said it would take him an hour or two.
An hour or so later, he called me to say that there was a problem. They’d sent him the wrong windshield, which didn’t fit. His manager was trying to get the correct windshield from the manufacturer, but it may take a couple of days. The repair guy put the old windshield back in, but in the course of taking it out / putting it back in, the windshield is now cracked substantially more.
There’s now a crack from the lower corner of the passenger side where the old one started all the way to the upper corner of the driver’s side, running right through my field of vision. There’s also a vertical crack running about the whole length of the windshield right in the middle, and one other long one on the passenger side. All the cracks are straight lines, no spidering (except at the small initial impact zone).
The repair guy said the car is safe to drive in the interim. He said all the cracks are in the outer layer of the windshield, and the inner layer is fine (I never knew windshields had two layers, but it makes sense).
I had no issues on the half hour drive home today. However, I’m a bit nervous. I am going on a trip this weekend, and expect to put at least 400 miles on the car. Maybe they’ll manage to get the new windshield by Friday noon, but if they don’t I’d really hate to develop a problem in the midst of rural Vermont.
So, what say you automotive Dopers? Should I err on the side of caution and shell out the money for a rental car, or am I overly worried and should I drive the car as is?