Long term tests

Lotus Elise S1

It started as a stone chip. Then it became a little crack, but I thought I'd leave it. I can't quite remember the point when it lengthened to connect the base of the Elise's windscreen with the top, but the crack eventually became so annoying, not to mention a sure-fire MOT failure, that something had to be done about it.

It started as a stone chip. Then it became a little crack, but I thought I'd leave it. I can't quite remember the point when it lengthened to connect the base of the Elise's windscreen with the top, but the crack eventually became so annoying, not to mention a sure-fire MOT failure, that something had to be done about it.

Luckily my wife has a keen eye for small print and discovered that I could claim for a new screen on my insurance without hurting my hard-earned no-claims bonus, though I would have to cough up the £60 excess.

Of course, the Elise being a comparative rarity, it took a little while for RAC Windscreens to order a screen in, and the job took a little longer than the two hours I'd been quoted, but it seemed worth the wait once I'd taken my first look through the crack-free glass. Out of curiosity I asked the fitting guys what a replacement screen would have cost me had I not had the insurance cover. Rather shockingly, the retail price is £1000. Checked your policy recently?

Running Costs

Date acquiredSeptember 2002
Total mileage61,651
Costs this month£60 (insurance excess on windscreen replacement)
Mileage this month383
MPG this month34.7mpg

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