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    Right guys here's a quick one for you......

    The demister on my rear window is knackered with a lot of damaged elements going across the screen (long story)

    My question is, could I get it replaced on my insurance even though the screen itself isn't damaged. My excess for glass is £90 which I don't mind paying to get the window done as it'll be a lot cheaper than buying a screen new and having it fitted or buying a second hand boot and then swapping the spoilers over, (that's assuming I could find one the same colour.)

    (Not having the steadiest of hands sort of loses the idea of using the silver paint to fix it myself)

    Any help / advice greatly appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboynigs View Post
    Right guys here's a quick one for you......

    The demister on my rear window is knackered with a lot of damaged elements going across the screen (long story)

    My question is, could I get it replaced on my insurance even though the screen itself isn't damaged. My excess for glass is £90 which I don't mind paying to get the window done as it'll be a lot cheaper than buying a screen new and having it fitted or buying a second hand boot and then swapping the spoilers over, (that's assuming I could find one the same colour.)

    (Not having the steadiest of hands sort of loses the idea of using the silver paint to fix it myself)

    Any help / advice greatly appreciated
    Dont know about the insurance, but you can mask off the lines when using silver paint

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    Yes mate , you will be .
    I used to fit them .

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    Yep. Years back I stuck an engine hoist between the 3" gap between an open saloon boot lid and exploded the Mrs Marea rear window.... paid for a new one, found out later I could excessed it

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    Quote Originally Posted by s_zigmond View Post

    I thought suppliers were very iffy about sending such large pieces of glass by courier? I know I would be if it were mine being sent

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    Toughened glass is a lot more robust than laminated ( windscreens)
    You can actually bend toughened glass like the heated rear and side glass , it will pop if your too heavy handed though .
    I have actually dropped them and caught them on the bounce .
    I'd steer clear of second hand though , it could be damaged anyway , or it could get damaged whilst being fitted , plus you need to pay someone to take your old one out and fit the replacement , as a guide I'd want at least £50 and that's if it were cash.
    If you go down the ins line , your covered for every eventuality.

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    I would have expected most underwriters to classify this as normal wear and tear, so would not be covered
    I tried to claim on the warranty of my second car, the dealership then reported back they had damaged the rear window and agreed to pay my excess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by poves View Post
    Toughened glass is a lot more robust than laminated ( windscreens)
    You can actually bend toughened glass like the heated rear and side glass , it will pop if your too heavy handed though .
    I have actually dropped them and caught them on the bounce .
    I'd steer clear of second hand though , it could be damaged anyway , or it could get damaged whilst being fitted , plus you need to pay someone to take your old one out and fit the replacement , as a guide I'd want at least £50 and that's if it were cash.
    If you go down the ins line , your covered for every eventuality.
    The screen above is brand new from a dealer.

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    Give a few glass suppliers a call, it may not be that much more to buy the glass and have it fitted.

    I need a windscreen for my rain sensor and it's costing £252 supplied and fitted and thats a heat reflective one.....as all Vec hatches have the same rear glass it may be cheaper than you think to buy one

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