June 25, 2024
Car Maintenance

Is the Investment Worth It?

To begin with, let’s explore what qualifies as an ‘older vehicle’. Some vehicles age gracefully while others do not receive proper maintenance. A 10-year-old vehicle with below-average mileage may feel brand new to some, whereas a 5-year-old vehicle with high mileage and lack of maintenance might be deemed old. While the classification of an older vehicle is subjective and dependent on its condition and perspective, generally speaking, any vehicle that has been in use for more than 10 years can be considered an older model.

Furthermore, there are vintage, antique, and classic cars classified based on the year of manufacturing:

  • Vintage car: Produced between 1919 and 1930 and restored to its original specifications.
  • Antique car: Manufactured in 1975 or earlier and restored to its original specifications.
  • Classic car: Manufactured in 2000 or earlier.

It is important to note that the discussion around windshield replacement for an older vehicle versus a vintage or antique car differs, as vintage and antique cars often require custom glasswork and restoration.

However, when it comes to an older vehicle that is regularly driven, the question arises – Is it worth investing in windshield replacement or repair?

Replacement of Windshield in Older Vehicles

Typically, individuals ponder over whether it is worth repairing or replacing the windshield of their older vehicle when they are contemplating getting a new vehicle soon or when the value of their older vehicle has significantly declined due to accidents, recurring issues, and costly repairs.

Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether to replace the windshield of your older vehicle:

  • Are you planning to continue driving the vehicle for a few more months?
  • Do you intend to sell the vehicle once you acquire a new one?
  • Is your safety being compromised?

The primary consideration here is the safety of yourself and your passengers. Unless you are planning to dispose of your older vehicle immediately and take it to a scrap yard, windshield replacement and repair are always worthwhile purely for safety reasons.

Moreover, even if you are selling your older vehicle for a new model, a damaged windshield can diminish its value, sometimes more so than the cost of the repair or replacement itself.

Impact of a Windshield on Your Safety

Many individuals may not consider replacing their windshield for safety purposes, but the windshield serves a greater purpose than just offering a clear view of the road. It is a crucial safety feature and is part of the 3-point safety system in the event of a collision.

  • Provides protection during a rollover In the event of a rollover, damaged windshields are more prone to shattering, which can be life-threatening. A sturdy windshield prevents the roof from collapsing and landing on the passengers during a rollover. Rollovers can result in severe injuries to drivers and occupants, with the potential for occupants to be ejected from the vehicle upon impact, depending on the collision’s severity.
  • Ensures occupants’ safety in a car accident Consider airbags, seat belts, and windshields as protective measures in a similar scenario. Just as seat belts prevent whiplash, the windshield acts as a physical barrier to keep occupants inside the vehicle.
  • A clear windshield provides a better view of the road Driving in bright sunlight already presents challenges. If the windshield has numerous pits, scratches, and cracks, it can create a glare from the sun, further obstructing visibility while driving.

Insurance Coverage for Windshield Replacement in Older Vehicles

Your insurance policy may cover the cost of replacing your windshield. If the windshield sustains damage due to a collision, the replacement is typically included in the coverage. However, if the windshield is damaged due to rock chips, vandalism, or another reason unrelated to a collision, you may need to cover the deductible.

Factors to Consider When Approaching Your Insurance Provider for Windshield Replacement:

  • Sometimes, the deductible may exceed the cost of paying for the windshield replacement out-of-pocket. For instance, if your deductible is $500, but a complete windshield replacement costs less than $300, it may not be worth involving your insurance company.
  • Filing a claim for windshield replacement may lead to an increase in your insurance premium.
  • Your insurance provider may stipulate that you visit an auto glass repair and replacement company of their choice, which could be pricier and impact your premium.

In conclusion, a new undamaged windshield significantly enhances safety and driving comfort. Whether you plan to continue using your car for another day or intend to sell it in the future, we always recommend windshield repair or replacement solely for your safety.

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