If you went out to run errands, and came back to see that your parked car had been vandalized, it wouldn’t exactly make your day. Vandalism is messy – broken glass would be everywhere, you’d have lost many of your valuables, and the overall clean up process is extensive and annoying. Recovering from the incident takes up a lot of your time too, as you’d likely have to get your windshields replaced, then you’d have to file a police report and an insurance claim.
Wizard Auto Glass Mississauga can help you make this process a lot easier, you probably haven’t experienced a car vandalism or windshield replacement before, but we handle them everyday. Here are the steps to recover from a car vandalism, including an auto glass replacement.
Document and Report the Incident
After you see that your car has been vandalized, report the situation to the local police. It is important to document the incident, take photos of all the damaged areas on your car, and write down all the the things that were stolen.
Clean the Mess Up
To start cleaning your car, wear thick gloves and goggles, and try to cover all exposed skin. Use a brush and sweeping pan, or a vacuum cleaner to clean up all the broken pieces of glass, make sure to avoid the remaining pieces of glass left on the window. After all the debris is gone, secure your window by finding a thick plastic covering that will completely cover your window. Use scissors to trim it down if it’s too big, and make sure there are no air holes. You can use duct tape or another strong adhesive to secure the plastic to your car, however, be wary of how the adhesive may affect your car’s paint.
If you feel unsure about this process, feel free to contact Auto Glass Wizard and we will send a technician with all the equipment to clean up your car, and install all the necessary safety precautions.
Contact an Auto Glass Service
Our technicians will first assess the damage done to your car. This can result in a windshield repair or replacement, depending on the severity of the damage.
Our team will then proceed to quickly repair or replace the damaged auto glass. Our Mississauga location will likely have your model’s windshield in stock, and you won’t have to wait for a shipment. Our job is to try to get you in and out on the same day.
File an Insurance Claim
While our Mississauga technicians are working on repairing your car, our customer service team will help you file and process and insurance claim with your provider. Your auto insurance will cover the cost of all the material damage done to your car, this includes stolen auto parts, broken windows, and any other damaged part of your vehicle. To cover the theft of your personal belongings, you will likely want check with home insurance coverage.
Future Safety Measures You Can Take
To avoid future vandalism incidents, feel free to follow the following tips. When you are leaving your car, make sure to take all your valuables with you, or to leave them out of sight, meaning you should store them in the trunk or glove compartment. You should close any open windows or sunroofs, and always lock your car (you’d be surprised). Your parking location matters too, park in an area under surveillance or in well lit areas during the night. Finally, you can increase your security by installing an alarm if you don’t already have one, and making it clear with ati-theft markings.