This spring, motorists who buy optional comprehensive insurance from the Insurance Corp. of B.C. will be able to get windshield chips repaired for free.
“This is something customers have wanted — the ability to repair rock chips in their windshields,” ICBC president and CEO Mark Blucher said on Wednesday during a media event at a Kamloops body shop.
More than 2.5 million B.C. residents buy their optional comprehensive insurance from ICBC. Comprehensive insurance covers non-collision loss or damage to a vehicle from theft, vandalism, falling or flying objects, hitting an animal, weather, fire, earthquake or explosion.
After the initiative has been implemented in the spring, there will be no deductible to have a rock chip repaired and the repair will not affect a driver’s claim history or deductible amount going forward.
In 2016, the average cost to replace a windshield was $820. It costs about $70 to repair a rock chip. The new initiative is expected to save ICBC $8 million per year. Last year, windshield claims in B.C. cost ICBC about $90 million.
It’s expected the program will prevent about 8,000 windshields from going to the landfill each year.