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From a search I learned that most go to a Lotus dealer for a replacement at about $1200. I anyone aware of a third party source in Central Florida that can install a new windshield?:mad:
 

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it can be done without taking the clam off.
 

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i am in the same boat. i cracked mine doing the rear view mirror change. Thank goodness for insurance. i am still mad at myself. the dealer is all i could find also
 

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i am in the same boat. i cracked mine doing the rear view mirror change. Thank goodness for insurance. i am still mad at myself. the dealer is all i could find also
Depending on the size of the crack, you may just want to live with it. I put a small hairline crack in my glass when changing out mirrors. :mad: But, that was in May of '06, and it's stayed the same for almost 3 years. I'll eventually change windshields when this one gets pitted, but for now I just forget the crack is there...
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From my experience with the Lotus windshield, I would spend the money and have the dealer do it. I have used other aftermarket windshield companies with normal windshields, but have removed the Lotus one myself and would not trust this job to someone who has not done it before. Unfortunately this is one of the few expensive things that come with getting an "exotic". Just be thankful the Lotus has only a few expensive things compared to a Ferrari or Lambo.
 

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the crappy part for me is that i dont have a local dealer close, but i have found a shop that has worked on them before. so now i just have to wait for the windshield to get shipped here. lol. i suck
 

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it sucks so bad. it was going to well had the mirror part off and the plastic cover off. i could see the clip and i i had it pushed, the bracket wouldnt move. tried a little harder and CRACK!!!! F*ck, Sh*t and lots of other words. lol. expensive lesson i guess. i new mirror just tightens with a screw so no more broken window but still sucks
 

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Repair Not Replace

I have been reading the fine print on my State Farm policy. They can opt to "repair" the windshield with zero deductible or if I am not satisfied they will replace it with a deductible applied. I have a 7/8" "bullseye" from a rock in a non critical area, very low on the windshield. Does anyone here have experience with the resin type repair? They claim it restores the integrity of the windshield.
 

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I think in Fla if windshield is cracked or gets damage insurance covers it with no deductible.
 

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I had a small chip fixed. Did it a soon as I could before it grew. Knowing the price of the window I was worried the whole time it was going to get bigger.
 

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I would not want to use a lexan windscreen given the way that they get scratched easily and the poor visibility out of them.

My insurance covers a replacement windscreen once a year, which came in handy when it got a stone and the crack started propagating.
The factory replacement cost was about the same as mentioned above...
I found a non-OEM replacement that was ~300 and it works perfectly.
It was more the principle of wasting the extra $ that made me go for the non-OEM version... I would rather put the $300 one every year or two when it gets sand blasted or chipped, than have an OEM that is no better...
After all glass is glass.

Admittedly this is not in the US, but there might be a non-OEM one out there somewhere.
 
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