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Nearside Windscreen crack, advice please :)

Discussion in 'Motors' started by shimy182, 20 Oct 2009.

  1. shimy182


    Joined: 6 Sep 2005

    Posts: 3,814

    Location: Cambridge

    Heya all,

    So I've owned the car for nearly a year and it has out of nowhere developed a crack..
    this crack is about 30 cm in length and bends inwards towards the driver side. It's also mostly within the nearside wiper sweeping zone.

    So my questions is, would this crack fail the MOT (coming up very soon) and what is the cost of replacing it? I would rather not get the insurance involved as I doubt they will be nice about it in the next premium. (I'm with direct line)

    Audi A4 1.9 TDi 1996
    Thank you

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  2. PhillyDee


    Joined: 12 Feb 2007

    Posts: 14,169

    Location: South Shields

    If you are fully comp, then windscreen cover is usually provided. Im pretty sure that would fail an MOT. It is an accident waiting to happen. All it might take is a bit of buffeting at speed / a small stone to shatter the windscreen.
    Autoglass will quote for a replacement. Is it a special windscreen at all? Heated / Tinted etc? as that will of course be much more expensive!
  3. SHEDDER1uk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 8 Jan 2007

    Posts: 1,469

    if the crack is in the wiper sweep it will fail being over 10mm.
  4. shimy182


    Joined: 6 Sep 2005

    Posts: 3,814

    Location: Cambridge

    Just a standard windscreen afaik. How will direct line respond with my NCB and premium? its such a shame as I was looking to replace the car very soon :(

    Also does anyone know how much it will be if I paid for the service myself?

    EDIT: finally, any recommendation on windscreen replacement companies? I hear Autoglass is a ripoff.
  5. Goliath

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Aug 2003

    Posts: 2,139

    Location: The Republic

    If you are fully-comp then it will not affect your NCB and should only cost £50 - £70 excess dependent on the insurance company.
  6. MadMossy


    Joined: 25 Oct 2004

    Posts: 6,723

    Location: Sunny Torbaydos

    Direct Line it a £70 excess for a replacement windscreen.

    Wont affect your NCB at all.