Having a Windshield Replacement on a Classic Car
Classic car enthusiasts are aware of the increased costs in buying, running and maintaining a collectors standard of automobile, so it is no surprise that if you need a windshield replacement, or new headlights, this will cost a lot more than if you needed one of these items replacing on a bog standard BMW or run of the mill Renault. It is therefore essential that you take out special classic car insurance to cover your vehicle for any damages.
It is possible to get a cheaper windshield replacement done, but you must consider whether this will be worth it in the long run. If you are ever planning to resell the car, you will need to have the highest quality of windshield put in, which will be as similar as possible to the original, if it is not an official replacement piece or an exact windshield which has been removed from your exact model of vehicle. Having a low quality, unofficial windshield put in will drastically reduce the resale value of the vehicle. If you have just bought the classic car as a personal restoration project, or for your own amusement you can have a cheaper windshield put in, as only you will know, since these windshields will look almost identical to the untrained eye. In these cases, it is a matter of personal preference.
If the damage only amounts to a small crack or chip, you should try to get a repair done, rather than resorting to a full windshield replacement, because this can serve to fix the damage without having to remove the original windshield from the car. Although some such fixes are not even noticeable to the untrained eye, some other classic car enthusiasts will be able to spot this kind of windshield repair. Whilst it may reduce the value of your classic car slightly, it will not reduce the value of the car as much as a full windshield replacement, so it is very important that you contact a repair expert as soon as you notice the smallest chip.
You may also consider having a cheaper replacement windshield put in temporarily whilst you attempt to source an official replacement piece. It is very unlikely that most local auto glass specialists would be able to provide you with an official replacement piece straight away, although they may have experience of where to source one from. It can be very hard to find replacement parts for old, classic cars, because these models are no longer in production, and some of the companies which made these cars are not even in business any more. Although there are dealers who specialise in parts for classic cars, windshields are often hard to come by, due to the fact that windshields are one of the most easily damaged car parts. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that older cars did not utilise the same windshield technology that modern cars now use, so classic car windshields are even more susceptible to damage than modern windshields are today.