First, let’s discuss what’s considered an ‘older vehicle’. Some vehicles hold up really well while others aren’t maintained properly. A 10-year-old vehicle with less-than-average mileage could feel brand new to someone while a 5-year-old vehicle with a lot of mileage and hasn’t been taken care of can be considered old. While it’s a matter of condition and perspective, generally speaking, any vehicle that has been on the road for more than 10 years can be considered an older model.
Additionally, there are vintage, antique, and classic cars that are categorized based on the year they were manufactured:
- Vintage car: Manufactured between 1919 and 1930 and restored to the original specs.
- Antique car: Manufactured in 1975 or earlier and restored to the original specs.
- Classic car: Manufactured in 2000 or earlier.
Keep in mind that windshield replacement for an older vehicle vs a vintage or antique car is a different discussion, as vintage and antique cars often require custom glasswork and restoration.
But when it comes to an older vehicle that you regularly drive, the question is – Is windshield replacement in Calgary or windshield repair worth it?
Older vehicle windshield replacement
Typically, when people come to us with the question: “Is it worth repairing or replacing the windshield on my older vehicle?” it’s because they’re considering getting a new vehicle soon or their older vehicle’s value has dropped significantly due to accidents, consistent problems, and expensive repairs.
Here’s what to consider when deciding whether you want to replace the windshield on your older vehicle:
- Are you planning to drive the vehicle for a few more months?
- Will you be selling the vehicle once you get a new car?
- Is your safety compromised?
The safety of you and your passengers is the most important consideration here. Unless you are planning to get rid of your older vehicle today and take it to a scrap yard, windshield replacement and repair is always worth it simply for safety alone.
Keep in mind that even if you are selling your older vehicle for a new model, a damaged windshield will lower its value and sometimes more so than the cost of the repair or replacement itself.
How a windshield impacts your safety
Not many people would think to change their windshield for safety reasons, but your windshield plays a bigger role than simply providing you with a clear view of the road. It’s a critical safety feature and is part of the 3-point safety system during a crash.
- Provides protection during a rollover – If the vehicle is flipped over, damaged windshields are more likely to shatter, which can be life-threatening. A strong windshield prevents a roof from collapsing and falling on the passengers in the event of a rollover. Rollovers can seriously injure drivers and occupants and, depending on the severity of the collision, there is always the possibility that the occupants will be thrown out of the vehicle by the impact.
- Keeps occupants safe during a car accident – Consider airbags, seat belts, and windshields to protect you in a similar situation. Just as seat belts prevent whiplash, the windshield acts as a physical barrier to keep occupants in the vehicle.
- A smooth windshield provides a clear view of the road – When driving in the bright sunshine, it is already hard to see. When you have many little tiny pits, scratches, and cracks on the windshield, it can cause a glare from the sun, making it even harder to see the road while driving.
Insurance coverage for older vehicle windshield replacement
Depending on your insurance policy, your windshield replacement may be covered. If your windshield has been damaged due to an accident, the replacement is typically a part of the coverage. However, if your windshield has been damaged due to rock chips, vandalism, or another reason other than a collision, you may need to pay the deductible.
Some factors to consider when going to your insurance provider for a windshield replacement:
- Sometimes the deductible costs more than paying for the windshield replacement out-of-pocket. For example, if your deductible is $500, but a full windshield replacement is less than $300, it’s not worth going to your insurance company.
- Your insurance premium might increase when filing a claim on your windshield.
- Your insurance company might require you to go to an auto glass repair and replacement company of their choice, which may be more expensive and impact your premium.
In conclusion, a new windshield free of damage makes a significant difference in creating a safer and more enjoyable driving experience. If you plan to drive your car for even another day or will be selling it in the future, we will always recommend a windshield repair or replacement for your safety alone.