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#1 (permalink) Old 01-12-2013, 12:09 PM
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Rock hit windshield

We have had our 2012 RAV three months and the second gravel hit the windshield yesterday.this one left a chip. Which the insurance company will attempt to seal on Tuesday. My question is, is getting a bug shield any help to the RAV windshield?

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Not really, it all depends on your luck when it comes to the flying rocks trajectory. It does help keep less bugs from splattering your hood and windshield.

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Maybe, maybe not, depending upon trajectory. I use our new '12 for a 200 km daily commute and in three months have had three hood-paint chips, a broken windshield and a chipped headlight lens. I'm shopping for a shield because it will certainly prevent more hood damage and just might, maybe, deflect that stone heading for the windshield.
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The best protection for the front and hood of a new car is 3M paint protection film, you won't have any problems with bugs or rock chips on your car, just make sure you get the full hood coverage and film for your headlights and fog lights. Add fit the windshield, there's not much you can do to protect that except maybe some protection from a hood big deflector and that's not even much help. I've had experiences where I actually see the rock fly up from under a cars tire then bounce off the road and then fly straight to my windshield. It's all luck and trajectory

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I had my first chip in the windshield on the way home from the dealership! I was heartbroken. It was filled and is hardly noticeable now. Then, two weeks later I got another. I think the Rav4's angle of the windshield increases our risks of flying objects hitting it. I drove a 2009 Nissan Rogue for three years with 1 single rock chip to the windshield over that whole time.

The 3M protection films are great for about 2 years. After that, the edges start to fray and gets dirt under them. Also, waxing around the edges is a major pain. I swore them off after having them on a 2007 Infiniti G35. I'm def going to look into the bug guard.

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Thank goodness the ones that hit my RAV were not that size.

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I had my first chip in the windshield on the way home from the dealership! I was heartbroken. It was filled and is hardly noticeable now. Then, two weeks later I got another. I think the Rav4's angle of the windshield increases our risks of flying objects hitting it. I drove a 2009 Nissan Rogue for three years with 1 single rock chip to the windshield over that whole time.

The 3M protection films are great for about 2 years. After that, the edges start to fray and gets dirt under them. Also, waxing around the edges is a major pain. I swore them off after having them on a 2007 Infiniti G35. I'm def going to look into the bug guard.

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Second the angle of the windshield contributing to an increased susceptibility of flying debris causing chips in the glass. I now have three substantial small cracks that occured in less than a year. Owned a Tacoma for ten years and after 120K and many debris hits it had just a couple of very small nicks in the windshield.
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