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Bugger bugger bugger - windscreen developed a large crack this morning. Before I embark on a painful journey of discovery and wallet-scraping, any words of wisdom? My policy covers me for the first £500. How much more might it be?

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I priced a screen here in Aus from a mob called Novus. They said they could get me an esprit windscreen for $600 Aus. My insurer Shannons also covers me for one screen replacement per year on my policy. A free screen replacement per year is pretty standard on all full comp policies here in Aus.

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Sort of makes you wonder why it couldn't have happened BEFORE you had it painted, dun'it :D

Bad luck.

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I'm guessing Classic Line?

Normally its a £1000 job all in to do properly. I don't want to teach you to suck eggs cause you know your way around cars, but it's a very precise job. It must be done with spacers. If not (and there are a lot of prev posts about this) and the monkey doing the job bonds it in straight to the body, it looks good to begin with and then cracks soon after as body flex loads, transmit direct through the screen, not the spacers. Make sure that whoever does it uses and knows the correct factory procedure.

When it went on my car I managed to source a windscreen cheap in a parts sale. I was able to get Classic Lines permission to get the job done at Paul Matty (who knew what they were doing) and money for the screen purchase and get an all in price below the £500 Classic Line claim limit. Don't know if that helps, but if you can get the screen cheap enough, it gives you the option of taking the car to someone you trust.

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Lotus bits have got 1 on their site for 250 quid. Don't know if it helps.

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Taking a break while replacing my totally rotten fuel tank vent pipes and spotted this, bad luck Gary esecially after you've only just got the paintwork done.

Out of interest I just checked my Heritage policy which has a maximum of £1000 for a glass claim but bumps the excess up from £75 to £100 if you elect to use a different company than the one they contract with to fit the screen.

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I could have had mine fitted with a one which was new but faulty for £250 or brand new and fine for £500, so I think you should be OK. The screen is still standard part as it's for a JCB and thus pretty much medium volume production.

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Bloody hell chaps - I'm now terrified to let anyone near it!

My Classicline policy uses Glassline (I think), who say it's a stock item, fitted at £790 if all fittings eyc. can be reused. Not sure I like the idea of that! Absolutely no idea which way to go now.

On the way down from Halifax, I took a couple of substantial stone impacts. Seems the crack runs through the tiny chip generated by one of these. Fortunately no paint damage - yet.

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That price looks like it's majority the part itself. I'd search around and see if you can source part only cheaper, and then go to a specialist. You've confirmed its Classicline so as per in my case they should authorise you to do it that way.

Just checked my old Esprit maintenance spreadsheet and price for fitting only at Paul Matty was £176.25 on 14th Feb 2007. I'd always prefer a specialist anyway cause to my mind it'll be easier if you do get a problem afterwards.

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Sound advice mat - thanks! Got feelrs out now for a screen...

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Trevor's yet to be beaten! There is another player though. Confidence is high...

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Bad Luck Sparky

When mine arrived in Oz cracked last year I expected a huge bill, but ended up paying $550 fitted, which is about 250 pounds. It may not be as bad as you think if you shop around a bit. I was surprised I could get one here at all, so back in England it should be a doddle.

New paintwork deserves a nice shiney new windscreen anyway.rolleyes.gif

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Sparky

Check your policy. I am with Classicline and my windscreen replacement is unlimited (60 pound excess) if arranged through the insurer and 1000 pounds limit if not.

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My first two Classic Line policies were exactly as Sparky's i.e. £500 windscreen cover max. My current Classic Line policy for the Eclat is unlimited cover but it's through a 3rd party insurer, Brit Insurance.

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You guys collectively gave me pause for thought, so I checked my policy and - YES! Changed to Brit in November, seemingly no limit. What a result. I'll call them on Tuesday. :D

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I could have had mine fitted with a one which was new but faulty for £250 or brand new and fine for £500, so I think you should be OK. The screen is still standard part as it's for a JCB and thus pretty much medium volume production.

I'm cracking up as well as Sparky#s screen. The JCB item is the G car type.

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International...

funny that we all p*ss and moan about our insurance until we arrive in this situation...lol

Sparky best of luck...

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After spending a week trying to get a call through to Auto Windscreens (Watford Branch) - Brit's recommended fitter - I decided to drive to them myself. Piss-poor customer service, and I suspect they've never seen an Esprit before, dismissing my tentative comments about it being a somewhat specialist job, telling me the screen 'might sit a bit higher than before', advising me they wouldn't source a Lotus screen, and then telling me I might get it done around 10 May if I'm lucky.

So, called Classicline and they told me to go ahead with the company of my choice, and they'd look favourably at waiving any additional excess due to my less-than-satisfactory experience so far.

On 11 May I'm driving a mate to his wedding in this car, so I need it sorted well before then! Before I go looking, any recommendations? I'm really tight on time, so need to move on this quickly and would like to keep distances to a minimum if possible.

Cheers chaps!

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I had a windscrren fitted on the Mighty Prelude yesterday by autoglass Chelmsford was chatting to the fitter he knew all about fitting the Esprit screen, alot of it depends on the branch.

There are a few restoration companies round here who could fit for you, fullbridge restorations do high end cars www.fullbridgerestoration.co.uk may be worth a call, they look after all high performance cars, really know there stuff.

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