Is It Necessary To Replace The Windshield On An Old Vehicle?
Over the years, vehicle components go through normal wear and require replacement. Some car owners question whether a windshield replacement is necessary for vehicles older than 10 years. If your original windshield is intact with no damage and it’s not causing you any issues with visibility, there’s no need to replace it.
Windshields don’t age like tires or timing belts do. In places like Calgary, Banff, and Canmore, windshield replacement services are common because of flying debris from rocks on the road, collisions, and vandalism. So if you’ve come this far without any damage to your windshield, we commend you!
With that said, if you have some concerns about the windshield on your older vehicle, then you’ll want to come into Aspen Auto Glass where we can take a look and make sure there are no potential safety risks with the glass.
Replacing a damaged windshield on an older vehicle
When clients ask whether it’s worth replacing the windshield on an older vehicle, it’s typically because the vehicle is close to the end of its lifespan, may not be valued much, or the owner is planning to replace it with a new vehicle soon.
To put it simply – ‘worth’ is relative. If your windshield has pits, cracks, and other damage that causes excessive glare or impacts visibility, your safety is always worth the windshield replacement. If you’re wondering what type of service you need, check out our blog on ‘How To Tell If You Need A Windshield Repair Or Replacement’.
Don’t delay a windshield replacement
In any case, it’s important not to delay a windshield replacement when it is required. Driving with a damaged windshield:
- Poses a safety risk for you and your passengers as it is a key safety feature of your vehicle.
- Compromises the structural integrity of your vehicle during a roll-over collision, as a strong windshield helps prevent the roof from collapsing.
- Raises the risk of glass shattering during a collision.
- Impacts how the airbags deploy.
- Impairs your view of the road if the damage crosses your line of vision.
- Can result in you getting pulled over and being issued a warning or a ticket.