Increase in windscreen size and technology hits fleet industry’s pockets
According to Auto Windscreens, the introduction of tints, heating, solar reflection and GPS technology into the windscreens of modern production cars as standard has led to replacement costs increasing by as much as 68% in only 10 years. Added to this, the overall size of windscreens has increased dramatically making them more susceptible to stone chip damage.
The net result is that fleets are having to foot the growing bill for more frequent glass repair and replacement jobs than ever before, according to the company.
To back up its claim the company points to figures showing an increase in the overall glass being used in the car body by designers. The windscreen of the new Citroen C4 Picasso is 20% larger than that of the older model alone. Similarly, the cost of a new model Ford Mondeo windscreen is 59% more than previous models; a VW Golf windscreen has risen by as much as 68% and a BMW 5 Series screen by 50%.
Nigel Davies, Auto Windscreens sales and marketing director, explained: 'Windscreens of standard production cars are becoming increasingly sophisticated as designers seek to improve aerodynamic efficiency, driving comfort and safety, as well as appearance which, unfortunately, is hitting the pocket of the modern motorist."
To help manage glass costs, Auto Windscreens is advising company car motorists to look after their windscreen. For further details, visit: www.autowindscreens.co.uk/service/handy_hints_and_tips.aspx