How do I repair a broken car window?

Can I fix a broken car window on my own? My son and his friends were playing baseball outside when they hit the driver's side car rear window of my car. The glass splintered, but it didn't break completely. What should I do?

“Oh, no! Unfortunately, you won’t be able to repair the broken window yourself. However, you can temporarily cover it until you have a chance to go to the repair shop.
Here’s what you should do:
  • Wear personal protective equipment and gloves.
  • Remove the rest of the glass using a hammer.
  • Vacuum the broken glass inside your car and along its window frame.
  • Clean the window frame thoroughly with a cloth.
  • Measure the length and width of the car window.
  • Add an inch to both the length and width, then cut a garbage bag those dimensions.
  • Tape the bag to the frame using masking or clear tape. (Do not use duct tape—it damages car paint.)
Do this as soon as possible, as your car becomes a target for theft if you leave the window broken. The good news is that your comprehensive coverage should cover the broken window.
If that’s not the case, Jerry can help you find better car insurance—and help you save money. The free Jerry app gathers affordable quotes, helps you switch plans, and even cancels your old policy for you.”
Eric Schad
Answered on Aug 23, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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