Have you recently found yourself in need of an Audi A3 windscreen replacement? Are you finding yourself a little lost in a sea of questions?
Why has this happened to my baby?
Could I have prevented it?
Where do I go from here?
Keep reading on to find all the answers to these questions and more on today’s segment; finding a windscreen replacement for my Audi A3.
Is the Audi A3 a good car?
You could classify the Audi A3 as a subcompact executive car, currently in the fourth generation of its well-renowned family – and a favourite among many.
With a framework that could only be described with the words, “sleek”, “muscular” and “sexy-as-hell”, its no wonder that the Audi A3 has heads and wheels turning wherever it drives.
Three-dimensional rear lights, virtual cockpits, sharp and contrasting lines… these are only a few facets of what makes up the excitement that always follows in the track marks of the features and designs the Audi family bring. And the A3 is the pinnacle point on where innovation and affordability combine.
Why do cracks and dents appear on the windscreen of my Audi A3?
Why-oh-why do bad things happen to good cars? The culprits to these heinous crimes are numerous, but most fall under the categories listed below.
Impact Damage from road debris
The most common and well-known reason that cracks and dents may appear on the windscreen of your Audi A3. Road rubble or debris such as small rocks and pebbles (most likely left there after a fresh road repair) can be churned up and fly towards your car’s glass. And suddenly these flying object hits your windscreen at the wrong angle with just enough force to cause visible and unsightly damage.
Stress fractures from extreme shifts in temperature
The weather in the UK is not your friend. With your Audi A3 having to deal with the blistering cold and steaming hot at both ends of the spectrum, stress fractures will appear due to contractions within the glass of your vehicles windscreen.
Raging storms and howling blizzards may barely register as a blip on our radars anymore, but the fact of the matter is; these stormy events are doing more than just damaging our moods and adding to seasonal depression.
Tossed around tree branches and hail storms are all contributing to the eternal erosion of our car’s glass. Lousy weather also distorts our field of vision, allowing for a greater chance of collisions and impacts.
Poor installations and inadequate quality of glass
Sometime’s you’ll find a “fantastic” deal online or from a pamphlet on the street, with prices that just can’t be beaten; only to discover that you have the exact same problem within a few months.
Cheap installations done by badly-trained technicians are no better than leaving to problem alone to dissolve further by itself. When the glass is fitted improperly, the frame and car glass can push against each other in harmful and unnatural ways. It is always best to employ the use of accredited technicians who use high-quality glass that is OEM-certified.
Accidents / Collisions
Every driver’s (and passenger’s I suppose) nightmare. The dreaded collision, the battering of cars, the smashing of glass, the screaming, the crying, the invoices… an entirely hectic experience all around.
The result of these accidents are typically an entire windscreen replacement (repairs just won’t cut it, I’m afraid), and in severe cases – a total write-off.
What can happen when I drive around with a cracked windscreen on my Audi A3?
So we’ve gone over the “why and how” part of cracks and dents appearing on the windscreen of your precious Audi A3, but what about the “What if?”.
What if I keep driving without managing these pesky problems which appear to be only minor ones at this stage?
The structural integrity of your Audi A3 could be weakened
Your windscreen is the main component of car glass that keeps your vehicle’s frame in place while you drive and whenever an accident occurs. With cracks and dents compromising this, you increase your chances of severe injury from shattered shards of glass or even death from being crushed if the car flips.
You could face charges with the police
Driving with cracks or dents is classified as reckless driving and endangerment to everyone on the road. The results could be a couple of penalty points on your license, a hefty fine, or even both. It all depends on the officer of the law’s judgement on how severe the damage could impact your driving.
Distorted view while driving
A small crack or dent may seem like tiny problems that have no real impact on your driving at all. However, these are ticking time bombs that are just waiting to explode into a vast network of spreading cracks that can obscure your vision and lead to compromised safety for yourself, all your passengers, and anyone on the road near yourself.
The windscreen of your Audi A3 is the most crucial section for viewing the outside world, and it is of paramount importance that you keep it clean and clear at all times.
What can I do to prevent cracks appearing on the windscreen of my Audi A3?
It might be a little late at this stage if you already have cracks and dents, but working towards the prevention of future damage in the future is something we can all do together.
Keep a clean windscreen
This is pretty easy. Grime and dirty water on the windscreen of your Audi A3 will result in erosion and tainting of any small cracks and dents, leading to a faster deterioration of your car glass. A regular car wash or just a glass wipe down every couple of days will prevent any issues in this area.
Special note: never use scalding water to clear your windscreen after frost and snow have covered its surface. This is a swift and easy way to crack or shatter your windscreen very suddenly.
Steady and safe driving on the road
The best method to avoiding any road debris from hitting your car is to drive carefully and being mindful at all times of other drivers or pedestrians. Keep a safe distance and refrain from texting while driving, and you should be able to avoid churned up stones from the car in front of you, as well as any collisions or car accidents.
Make sure to have sufficient shelter for your car
As discussed earlier, leaving your car exposed to the mercy of the elements is a slippery slope towards damaging its special car glass.
Try to arrange covered parking, especially when your Audi A3 is going to be there for long stretches of time. This will prevent any stress fractures from taking place. The shelter will also help protect against any sudden storm debris or hailstones from hitting your windscreen.
Get your windscreen examined and repaired by proper technicians
I would suggest making a habit of getting your car glass examined every couple of weeks like clockwork. Small dents and cracks are often overlooked until they become a serious issue. And it’s much easier and cheaper to repair these small fractures than to replace the entire windscreen.
And when you do have your windscreen replaced or repaired, make sure it’s done correctly, by professionals who have a good idea of what they’re doing. Crudely fitted windscreens are a future burden just waiting to happen.
What is the quote of an Audi A3 windscreen replacement?
While working out the final quote on what your windscreen replacement quote online would come to, we have to consider several factors; the year, the style, the number of doors, and the features your Audi A3 has that can interact with any windscreen repairs and replacements.
The cost of an Audi A3’s windscreen replacement for a 1996 model without any features would amount to £294.65. In contrast, an Audi A3 2020 model without all the latest features would come to £386.83.
Below is a table to help you reference the costs of front and rear windscreens from the models of an Audi A3 from 2010 – 2020:
Cost of an Audi A3 windscreen replacement from 2010 – 2020
|Year of the Audi A3||Cost of the front windscreen without features||Cost of the rear windscreen without features||Cost of the front windscreen with all features||Cost of the rear windscreen with all features|
If you cannot find the total online quote on this table for your Audi A3 windscreen, please use our booking system to view the total costs.
What are some features of the Audi A3 that interact with the windscreen?
Many of the costs that go into windscreen replacements are because of car features that directly interact with the windscreen itself.
Here are some of the features that your Audi A3 has that could potentially cause your costs to go up.
A rain sensor can be found by the car glass areas that are located behind the windscreen, as well as the rearview mirror. It activates itself when any rainfall or heavy amounts of liquid comes into contact with the windscreen.
It will then adjust and start the windscreen wipers automatically, thus helping the driver with any distortions on their field of vision caused by the falling rain.
This antenna is built specifically for the Audi A3 and is placed and attached in such a way that the radio and satellite frequencies pick up more quickly and keep more sturdily.
Camera on windscreen
A camera on your windscreen is to help assist the driver with issues like parking and rearview vision. It can also provide footage if a car accident takes place and provide proof that the driver was not responsible for insurance cases.
Grey sun strip
This band of grey is also referred to as a Sun Strip and helps to lower the level of light and its intensity from blaring into your eyes while driving. It is closely linked with the windscreen and often is replaced with it in some cases.
This is a handy device to have around sunrise and sunset when the angle of the sun means it is most likely to shine directly into your eyes and make it difficult to see what’s on the road.
You can see how these features (from being so closely linked to the windscreen) would need to be replaced or worked around alongside the windscreen replacement, costing more in parts and requiring more refined expertise. This is why an Audi A3 with these features might cost quite a bit more than one without any of them.
Why UK Car Glass is the best choice for an Audi A3 windscreen replacement
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