Having a Windshield Replacement on a Classic Car – Modern and classic cars

Classic car enthusiasts are aware of the increased costs in buying, running and maintaining a collectors standard of automobile, so it is no surprise that if you need a windshield replacement, or new headlights, this will cost a lot more than if you needed one of these items replacing on a bog standard BMW or run of the mill Renault. It is therefore essential that you take out special classic car insurance to cover your vehicle for any damages.It is possible to get a cheaper windshield replacement done, but you must consider whether this will be worth it in the long run. If you are ever planning to resell the car, you will need to have the highest quality of windshield put in, which will be as similar as possible to the original, if it is not an official replacement piece or an exact windshield which has been removed from your exact model of vehicle. Having a low quality, unofficial windshield put in will drastically reduce the resale value of the vehicle. If you have just bought the classic car as a personal restoration project, or for your own amusement you can have a cheaper windshield put in, as only you will know, since these windshields will look almost identical to the untrained eye. In these cases, it is a matter of personal preference.If the damage only amounts to a small crack or chip, you should try to get a repair done, rather than resorting to a full windshield replacement, because this can serve to fix the damage without having to remove the original windshield from the car. Although some such fixes are not even noticeable to the untrained eye, some other classic car enthusiasts will be able to spot this kind of windshield repair. Whilst it may reduce the value of your classic car slightly, it will not reduce the value of the car as much as a full windshield replacement, so it is very important that you contact a repair expert as soon as you notice the smallest chip.You may also consider having a cheaper replacement windshield put in temporarily whilst you attempt to source an official replacement piece. It is very unlikely that most local auto glass specialists would be able to provide you with an official replacement piece straight away, although they may have experience of where to source one from. It can be very hard to find replacement parts for old, classic cars, because these models are no longer in production, and some of the companies which made these cars are not even in business any more. Although there are dealers who specialise in parts for classic cars, windshields are often hard to come by, due to the fact that windshields are one of the most easily damaged car parts. This problem is exacerbated by the fact that older cars did not utilise the same windshield technology that modern cars now use, so classic car windshields are even more susceptible to damage than modern windshields are today.

Volkwagen Golf MK1 – A Modern Day Classic – Modern and classic cars

With the VW Golf MK1 (Rabbit in the US) has now become a ‘Modern day Classic’ out there with the best of them. There is fast become a growing demand for ‘Restored’ Cars. With the most desirable examples
i.e. the Campaign edition Commanding premium prices.The German Built Volkswagen MK1 was first produced in April of 1974 and production continued until 1983.Over the years the models were updated. From the metal chrome bumpers to larger plastic ones. 5 speed Gearboxes, Fuel injected engine 1600cc then the 1800cc All Followed.The earlier models (pre 1979) Are also now becoming very desirable. The chrome bumpers alone are fetching big money.The main problem with the earlier models is they rust. The main areas they rust are the inner front wheel arches, Outer and inner sill panels, Front and rear floor sections and the Inner rear arches. If you manage to find a good one grab it. Quality early cars can appreciate in Value and therefore will offer a good investment.1981-83 Cars were produced in great numbers with the GTi and Convertible been the Top of the Range. Yet these still suffer really badly with rust. There are plenty of 1600 gti hatchback still around, yet finding a good one is becoming increasingly difficult. Apart from rusting they also suffer with numerous fuel Injection faults often caused by the fuel filler neck rusting. If you can get your hands on a ‘Good one’ not only will you have a good usable everyday car but a ‘modern classic’ that should increase in value.The most desirable now among enthusiasts and collectors is the ‘Campaign’ Edition. This was made from August 1983 until 1984. This model features Factory Fitted steel Sunroof,Leather Bound steering wheel, Green tinted glass, Spring loaded fuel cap key cover, Fog lamps in the grill and Pirelli ‘P’ Alloys. The models command some serious prices. But when looking at purchasing a campaign model as the are a lot of ‘Fake’ ones out there.