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Got a crack in windscreen which has now extended beyond MOT limit, so looking at replacement through insurance.

As on policy, have a choice of company, thinking of using Autoglass.

Anybody have experience of using them (or other companies) for windscreen replacement on our cars ?

Reason I'm asking is, have read the procedure in the workshop manual (quite involved with lots of possibilities of replacement parts needed), I'm concerned that the job may get bodged and I finish up with a windscreen that leaks and/or trim not replaced properly.

For example, to remove the old screen they have to cut through not only the bonding material but also the upper and lower "rubber dams". To remove the upper windscreen trim (held by adhesive tape) they may have to cut that trim piece out.

Would they supply replacements for any removed parts (?) or have they another way round this ?

Side trim moulding is held in place with plastic clips (always prone to breakage) of about 7 different designs and there's about 10 of them per side. Plus another 4 or 5 steel (could have rusted) retainers for the plastic clips per side.

Again, will they be replacing these if damaged/ missing/rusted (?) or do they have another way of fixing the trim back in place ?

Should I be trying to source the parts that they are likely not to have ?

I notice that quite a few people have had their windscreens replaced and so far haven't found any complaints. Maybe I'm worrying unnecessarily ?

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13 hours ago, dr_broon said:

I had mine done by autoglass through the insurance a while ago, and I've never had any issues with it. 

Thanks for the reassurance. If I was going to trust any company to do a proper job, it would be autoglass.

You didn't happen to see if they replaced the rubber dams when they were doing it ?

That's what I was most worried about in terms of leaks. 

But maybe autoglass have found that these are not necessary ? (from the diagrams, I can't make out what they are supposed to do)

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I didn't, sorry. 


My thoughts are, that if they can legitimately get away with charging the insurance companies for something, then they would do? shrug.gif1

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