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Common Windshield Repair Fraud Scenarios

How to Recognize a Windshield Chip Repair Scam

With today’s economy, you don’t need to be a specialist in economics to understand that everyone is feeling the pinch. But, while most of us keep our expenses to a minimum by being very careful how we spend our money, other less-honest companies and individuals resort to fraud. Fraud is everywhere, including in the windshield chip repair industry. As a matter of fact, a recent study has shown that windshield repair scam claims have increased by 520% last year alone. In other words, both insurance carriers and drivers are being swindled by auto glass scammers, now more than ever before.

There are many ways a less-than-honest individual can trick you and part your from your cash when it comes to windshield repair services. Here is one of the most common auto glass repair scams.

Imagine the scenario: In a car wash, you’re waiting in line for your car to be taken over for washing. Meanwhile, an individual approaches you with an irrefusable offer: a free windshield inspection. As he checks your windshield, he finds a few cracks. Before you have the time to think twice, he explains to you that as long as you have full coverage, he (or the windshield chip repair company that he represents) can fix them for free. Everything sounds legit, so any driver may decide to go for it. After all, it’s free.
The scam starts when the individual makes you call a number which is supposedly that of a third-party representative of your insurance carrier. This person will ask you for your policy information. Once you give them them your policy details, you’re eligible for a free windshield repair. The repair process is for real. They will actually repair your windshield without taking any money from you. So, where’s the catch?

Once they have your authorization to charge your insurance company, these claim bandits start filing multiple claims for exorbitant prices. As a result, your insurance premium may rise unexpectedly. Additionally, they can file all sorts of claims in your name. In the end, you’ll end up paying a lot more down the road.

To avoid such problems, use only reliable windshield chip repair service providers like Alliance Glass & Mirror in Albuquerque NM. Call us at (505) 907-3453 for references.