The sound of shrieking car alarms and glass breaking is never good, but when you arrive at your vehicle and see a broken window surrounded by glass, it’s even worse! A broken car window is an unpleasant situation but it also poses a safety hazard. Whether the broken window is caused by an accident, vandalism or a break in, going through the steps to get your car fixed can be a hassle.

If your car has been broken into, it’s important to take the proper steps to secure the vehicle so that law enforcement can investigate the incident properly. Also, your insurance company will have instructions so that you can obtain proper coverage.

In the meantime, you’ve got a car with crumbling glass and possible exposure to the elements. It’s certainly not safe to drive a vehicle in this condition. At Crystal Glass, we understand how frustrating this situation can be for our customers. It’s important to contact us as soon as possible so we can evaluate your vehicle and repair the window. But you’ve got to make it to our shop in one piece!

The good news is that there are ways to secure the window so you can safely bring your vehicle to us to repair. All you need are a few household materials and a friend to help you with the process. Let’s review some of our favorite tips and tricks for a temporary fix. We can’t help you get your favorite cds back, but we can help you get to the shop safely!

The police report is filled out, the insurance forms are in the mail and now you’re left with your vehicle and a broken window. The first thing to do is gather the right materials. A temporary window fix is easy and inexpensive. Follow these tips to secure a broken window until it can be repaired.


Caution – This temporary fix is only for side windows. Do not attempt this on a windshield or rear window.




  • Clear packing tape. Do not use duct tape on glass! Only clear packing tape is safe to use on glass.
  • Paper towels, shop towels to clean the area.
  •  Masking tape to cover paint on the vehicle.
  •  A friend! This is a two-person job. Having a buddy around will make this easier.


Prep The Window


  • Open the car door.
  • Use towels to clear the door of any dust and debris. Use gloves to protect hands from broken glass.
  •  Apply masking tape two finger-widths wide to the bottom of the window frame.
  • Apply additional tape underneath across the entire door.
  • Line the inside of the window with masking tape.
  • Cover any exposed painted areas with paper.


Create A Temporary Window


  •  On the outside window, stretch a piece of clear tape from the top of the window to the bottom.
  • Continue to layer pieces of tape across the window. Take care to stretch the tape tightly across the window. Here’s where your buddy can cut and prepare the tape.
  • A clear, temporary “window” begins to take shape.
  • Repeat until the area is covered. Take care to apply the tape carefully, so layers are even.
  • Follow the same process on the inside window. The layers of tape inside the window provide a barrier for the passengers and create a seal for any broken glass that remains in the window.


Helpful Tips:


  • Stretch the tape to avoid slack in the window. Too much slack in the tape will cause the window to reverberate and produce excess noise while driving.
  • If there are points where there is slack, pinch the tape so create a more taut hold.
  • Only use clear tape. No garbage bags or cardboard. Anything other than clear tape can obstruct your view when driving.  This is a safety hazard that is to be avoided.


Since this is a temporary fix, make sure you arrange to store your vehicle in a secure location. Although the window is now secured from glass particles, your vehicle is still vulnerable to additional vandalism and theft.

Enlisting the help of a friend and spending mere pennies on some household materials can create an effective temporary fix for your broken window. This is a great workaround until one of our technicians can repair your window permanently.

A broken window is an unexpected vehicle expense and at Crystal Glass we are here to make recommendations and give you fast end excellent service. We understand that you’ve probably been through the ordeal of police reports and insurance forms, and we’re dedicated to getting your vehicle fixed and back to you as soon as possible.

The quick and practical tips we recommend can protect you and your vehicle until it can be properly repaired. A temporary fix is, however, temporary! Remember, a broken window is always a safety hazard, so it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible. Driving around for a prolonged period of time in a vehicle with a broken window can be dangerous to you and other motorists. Tape can tear and glass particles can come loose, all things which can cause potential harm.

Our technicians can examine your vehicle and provide you with the best options for replacement and repairs. All our technicians are expertly trained to ensure that your new window will be replaced correctly. Crystal Glass guarantees our work for the life of your vehicle, so you can be sure you will drive away with a new window that is safe and securely installed. Don’t let a broken window ruin your day. Call us today, or use our online form to get a quote! We’re here to get you back on the road!