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New Windscreens Online - Buy Car Replacement Windscreens

Updated on May 3, 2013

Is your car's windscreen damaged? Do you need to get a new windscreen or side window for your car. Here are some tips on how to go about getting a new windscreen for your car. This article lists ways of getting a new windscreen, plus essential information about how you can claim for the cost of a new windscreen on your motor insurance policy.

Where can you get a new windscreen?


You can get a new windscreen at any garage. Sometimes a garage might need to order a new windscreen for your vehicle's make and model, so it could take a few days to arrive. The garage option is therefore only useful if you're not in a hurry to get your new windscreen. The garage option might also be a good choice if your car needs servicing or it's still fairly new.

If you have an older car and your windscreen has a crack or a chip then it's worth getting a reputable garage to take a look. Having a windscreen with a crack or a chip in it is one of the most common causes of car MOT examination failure. Thankfully it's one of the easiest problems to spot and get sorted out before the MOT is due. Garage mechanics will usually give your windscreen a free initial examination and will tell you if your car's windscreen is likely to lead to MOT failure.

If you're in a hurry to get your car windscreen replaced then it's worth calling out one of the major vehicle glass replacement companies. These companies offer a 24/7 service and will normally replace vehicle glass anywhere in the UK. Popular car windscreen replacement companies include Autoglass, Auto Windshields and National Windscreens. Since their service is fully mobile you don't have the hassle of driving your car to the garage then trying to figure out how to get home or back to work. All of these companies will also attempt to repair a windscreen wherever possible instead of fitting a new windscreen.

Insured? Get your insurance company to buy your new windscreen

If your car needs a new windscreen then check your insurance policy! Many motor vehicle insurance policies include vehicle glass replacement as one of the services on offer when you take out an insurance policy with them. Sometimes you need to check the small print as some policies may only cover getting a new windscreen rather than the side windows or rear windscreen.

Rear windscreen repairs can often be more expensive than getting a new front windscreen. This is because a windscreen replacement company will find it much easier to repair a front windscreen compared to a vehicle's back window. Repairing a window is normally around a third of the cost of replacing it altogether.

Another thing to watch with a motor insurance policy is the excess amount. If your policy has a nil excess on it then you won't have to pay anything to get your windscreen replaced or repaired. Unfortunately if there is an excess on the policy then you might have to pay some of the cost of replacing the windscreen or other windows. Some policies will explicity state how much you would have to contribute towards window repairs, while other policies will have a general excess amount that covers any type of repair.

By the way, if you do claim for your new car windscreen on your insurance policy then check if the policy suggests a particular company for carrying out the work. Most of the larger vehicle glass replacement companies like Autoglass and Auto Windshields have deals with the major insurance companies so that they will handle all of the insurance paperwork themselves. This can save a huge amount of time and effort, and gets rid of the boring paperwork you normally have to submit when filing an insurance claim.

Happy motoring!


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