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3 broken windows in 3 days

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Gene $immons, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    Monday - weedeater breaks a side window on a parked car while employee is buzzing some grass in a crack in the cement.

    Later Monday - Edger shoots a rock out and breaks a window ( nice expensive one) on a customers home.

    Today - Edger shoots out a rock and breaks a storm door window.

    I usually hate to file a claim with the liability insurance and end up paying out of pocket. not this week

    I love employees.
  2. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    its rough. i broke my first window last season. i was buzzing down some weeds in a stone driveway and launched it into a car window. not fun, reall embarassed, the lady ended up saying dont worry about it.

    now we dont even touch driveways, you should do the same, or just chop them off half way.
  3. oneandonlyjojo

    oneandonlyjojo LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 125

    yea it sucks partner broke a $300 anderson patio door, $100 storn door, car window the owner said dont worry ill go through insurance. all happened in a month and has been good since. **** happens
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    File it all as 1 claim, then you only have 1 deductable to pay. just explain to the cutomer that gets the check that they will be "over-paid" becouse of a mistake and you will have to have the diff back. Worth a try.

  5. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    Gene, sounds like you had a run of bad luck! 3 windows in a week, ouch! Im glad to say in 6 years I have not broke one yet, but I know its coming. Only thing Ive had good luck at so far in this biz.

  6. WigginsLandscaping

    WigginsLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    3 windows this season too.
    1st weed eating around front porch of house and busted storm door window.
    2nd employee threw shovel in rear of my truck and busted my rear window out.
    3rd. Weed eating driveway crack i shot rock through side window of new explorer.

    1. 285
    2. 495
    3. 515

    Hell of a year. I feel your pain...
  7. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    wow, i don understand why auto glass is so expensive. i mean, its over $200.00 cheaper to replace a whole storm door, bu its over 500 to fix a car window?

    if guys dont have insurance, this kind of thing can take a whole day to pay for. :dizzy:
  8. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    no prop damage this year. last year i tore up 11 or 12 sprinkler heads (don't ask LOL), and broke a real nice patio door window, french doors. paid both out of pocket as the sprinkler repair bill was $250 and the window $300, my deductible is $250 so i figured why make my rates go up. then i accidentally got too close to a portable basketball goal post base with the discharge and nicked a chunk out of the corner of the plastic base with my discharge blade, it drained the water out of it. well that would of cost me $80 to get a new one for them but that was the last time i mowed there becuase they turned out to be deadbeats and did not pay me. so we called it even. Wow what a lot of fun, i mow a yard twice just to be able to have the privelege to knock a hole in their b-b goal post base :rolleyes:
    but that was all last spring. nothing later last year or anything this year yet (knock on wood).
  9. WigginsLandscaping

    WigginsLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    Well auto glass is generally very expensive the first couple years the car is out to pay for technology of making window. At least this is what auto glass people said. My truck is an 05 and the explorer was an 04. The bad thing is i found that the smaller the glass the more it seemed to cost. As far as insurance goes we have deductible and we wouldnt really be saving much if we ran through as a claim plus didnt want to have claims unless abosultely necessary. Maybe wrong in doing so but i try to only have to use it for VERY expensive things. Yes it hurt but i have both customers still and have made the money back. And no insurance premiums increasing.
  10. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,125

    Are you guys sure you have a deductible? My deductible only pertains to my equipment coverage, not what I do to someones property. Just like car insurance, you only pay the deductible for your cars repair.

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