In a series of customer trials, Dial helped one 3,000-vehicle fleet save more than £6,000 in three months by promoting windscreen repairs. All drivers were supplied with temporary windscreen patches to cover small windscreen chips, protecting the glass until a repair was possible.
In the quarter prior to the trial the fleet suffered 212 damaged windscreens, and only 8% were repaired. In the following quarter 211 screens were damaged, but 30% of these were repaired. This equated to savings of more than £6,000 in the quarter, and a forecasted £25,000 annual saving.
Autoglass has long advised fleets to consider glass repair before replacement, and from April 1996 has repaired cars with windscreen damage in the A-zone, guaranteeing its repairs will pass the MoT inspection.