I live in Colorado and we have a large amount of stones on roads around here. Large rocks getting flung up by tires and hitting my windshield is a regular occurrence.
After just replacing my model 3 windshield (again), I’ve had two big rocks hit the new windshield within 2 weeks of having new glass. So far I just have new pits in the glass but not cracks yet.
Has anyone heard how Aptera will handle windshield replacement? Will they ship the glass to us and if we want to replace it ourselves, we’ll have to get the proper tools and watch some training videos on how to do it?
I’m looking forward to being able to repair my aptera myself 🙂
I am guessing it would be easy to overnight an OEM Aptera windshield to place like Safelite too?
In my fifty years of driving in differents states/ environments most of my windshield repairs were by filler holding up very well
Only two windshields replaced , to date, and if you have a model vehicle with technology on your windshield ( IMHO ) getting the OEM grade windshield can be best if technology recalibration is needed.
Given the aerodynamic design I 🤞 there will be more “ glances “ that hits? As they say …bugs don’t even accumulate on the windshield like a conventional windshield? The laminar flow tends to sweep over
Haha. That would be awesome if rocks would just enter the laminar flow and not hit the glass. I doubt that will be the case though. Some of the rocks that hit my windshield are the size of large marbles. They wouldn’t care about laminar flow 🙂
I would take the car to a window replacement shop. I’ve replaced a few windshields when I worked at a glass company. There is definitely some talent needed to do that. Even if you decide to do it yourself, you may end up spending just as much on the tools as the windshield.
I’ve learned there are just some jobs that are easier and better to let someone else do.
If you’re anticipating replacing the glass multiple times, you may eventually get good at doing it and it may be worthwhile.
I’ve been very happy with Safelite. They come to your driveway and do the job quickly, they take care of billing your insurance company so you don’t have to do anything. I had a chip on my Model 3 windshield a few months ago, they filled it and the fix is almost invisible. Years ago someone threw a brick through my back window, they fixed that in my driveway also. With Aptera the way it will work if they need to replace the windshield is that they will order the part from Aptera and when it comes in they’ll come to your driveway and do the replacement, that’s what they do with Tesla if you need new glass, but be advised with Tesla it takes months for them them to ship the part.
When our M3 got wacked with a rock on the Georgia 75N we called Safelite. First they said they would have to order it. It would cost $1,400 total for the job, including the glass and it would be 6 weeks before they could get it.
We called the Tesla Service Center. $800 total and we got the next available appointment which was about 2 weeks out. They kept the car for the day until the adhesion was cured, cleaned the inside of the car and topped off our windshield washer fluid. We got it back later that day (5:00pm)