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Motor Insurance: Windscreen Cover

By law you must have motor insurance to drive your vehicle on roads in the United Kingdom. This requirement has created an industry which is currently thought to be worth an estimated £9.4 billion a year. In short, you need insurance, and the providers want your...

Botched Windscreen Repair.

    Yet another example of the level of incompetence which is rife in windscreen repair. And it's not rare to see such poor standards. In this instance, the act is nothing but a con. From a customer, via email: "He used a heat gun, and it looked alright when...

VW Golf R32 Windscreen Replacement

    You've gone through the car with a fine tooth comb and it's faultless; the HPI report comes back all tickety boo and you exchange money for the keys - and V5 - before hitting the road home. It's your new pride and joy. But there's something not quite...

What Isn’t Clear About Windscreen Repairs.

Not to be found in a footnote of every driver's future on the road, is an unwritten law of averages which suggests that the chances of a getting a vehicle's windscreen chipped are increased the more a car is driven. At tyres sutton the technicians are highly trained...

Windscreen Woes: Lexus Rain Sensor Fail

    Just when you think you've seen it all someone - somewhere - comes up with something so random, and inexplicably wrong, it defies logic. A local Lexus dealer was just as miffed. "We're trying to remove the rain sensor from a Lexus IS250, but it appears...

DGC compounds

Windscreen bonding and sealing on vehicles has evolved at an accelerated pace. Although traditional rubber mounted gaskets and butyl products can still be found on some older vehicles, liquid adhesives, also known as direct glazing compounds (DGC) are now the method...

The Windscreen Chip they Didn’t Repair

    Could Not, Did Not, or Would Not Repair? Shortly after this (pictured) windscreen was hit by a stone, the car owner called his insurance company to arrange for the damage to be repaired. His inbound call was subsequently diverted to his insurer's...

The Amazing, Vanishing Windscreen Chip?

Take a look at this chip: There's a slight reflection in the mirror, so for avoidance of doubt, the damage is to the left of the mirror. This image was taken before any attempt was made to repair the damage. Here is the after: Here's the twist: no windscreen repair...

Windscreen Rain (and Light) Sensors: Audi

    This is how a properly installed rain sensor should look:   If the sensor gel pad is missing, it will affect the sensitivity - or functioning - of the sensor. Many windscreens are being replaced, and the sensor pad is not renewed. The auto wiper...

The Paradox of Windscreen Safety

Windscreens are not dangerous, but are you at risk from one that has been poorly fitted? Motor vehicles today are safer than they have ever been: airbags, crumple zones, head restraints, impact protection, energy absorbing materials... we're quite protected in our...

The Windscreens of Change

      Most car owners would begin to feel nervous if the guy about to replace their windscreen set himself up with a couple of sharpened screwdrivers, a rubber mallet; a length of waxed sash chord; some paraffin and an old car tyre. “When I started in this trade - 32...

Problems with a Porsche 993 Windscreen

The Porsche 911 993 windscreen is one of the most uncomplicated and straight forward windscreens to fit, yet they can give you many problems if not done correctly. The Problems It's fairly common knowledge that the two most prolific issues which arise from the...

Contaminated Windscreens: the Missing Link

  With each windscreen replacement, a key component of the vehicle's structural system is put into place. The crucial part of this assembly is the bond between two contact surfaces: the glass and the car (specifically the aperture, or pinchweld). This critical...

OEM Glass via Insurance

It is widely thought of, that these 'price control mechanisms' which largely regulate the windscreen insurance claim values, act, in a significant way, to sell more aftermarket 'copy' glass and deny the consumer the benefit (and option) of genuine parts (OEM). The...

Textbook Bullseye

First, the impact mark/point is tidied. The break is then dried to remove any moisture present. Once the optimum working temperature is achieved, most of the air is removed from behind the impact: The resin injector is positioned over the break for the next step: A...

BMW 5 F10/F11 Windscreen

A few images of a BMW windscreen being fitted correctly to an F11 (2012 5 Series Touring). There are many misconceptions about windscreens and how they are installed. The aim of this post is to show the key stages so that you can gain a better understanding of how...

The Great Windscreen Repair Con

The Great Windscreen Repair Con This is the handy work of a well-known 'insurance approved' windscreen repair/replacement company. The policyholder been duped into accepting this as a good repair when it doesn't look any different than it did to begin with, and the...

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