Free glass insurance cover for Kiwis about to end

David Linklater - Stuff - June 20 2018

 The great Kiwi insurance tradition of free windscreen replacement is under threat thanks to the high cost of new safety technology, according to one industry expert.

One company, Vero, is set to remove free cover for windscreens following a similar move in Australia. Others are likely to follow.

Once upon a time, windscreens were simply something you looked through, that kept the wind out of your face. But in modern vehicles, many contain a vast range of embedded safety and comfort/convenience technology, including cameras, radar, rain sensors, heating elements, light sensors, UV protective cover and even acoustic lamination.

Jo Mason, chief executive of NZbrokers - one of the country's largest insurance brokerage groups - says the change means owners of older vehicles will probably lose their free glass cover, even though the impact on insurers is due to the cost of repairing technology only found in the newest models.

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