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If you are in possession of the SUV Opel Antara and you have had an accident or have been the victim of vandalism, then the windscreen replacement of your Opel Antara may be necessary. The prices that brand dealers charge for this are very high, but it is fortunately also possible to have this done at a lower cost. By ordering the right car window from us you can save a lot. In this article we will tell you more about our low costs and the production method of car windows. To this end, we will discuss the history of the originally German car brand Opel and, in particular, the origins of the Opel Antara.
The history of the current car brand Opel can be traced back to 1862. Then Adam Opel started a sewing machine factory in Rüsselsheim am Main in present-day Germany. The young Adam was trained as a locksmith, but during his training in Paris he came into contact with sewing machines. He started his business in a former cowshed, which soon became successful. By the time the sewing machine production was stopped in 1900, Opel had sold more than a million copies.
It is also remarkable that Opel was taken over at an early stage by a foreign company. Nowadays this is the order of the day, but at that time it was certainly not normal for an American company to buy you up. General Motors, however, saw potential in Opel to dominate the European market with this brand. In 1929 GM bought 80 per cent of the shares and two years later the last 20 per cent. In that period before the Second World War, Opel became the market leader in Germany, partly as a result of American investments.
During the Second World War, Opel was forced to switch to the production of, in particular, lorries that could be used in the army. After the war, however, General Motors quickly re-entered the market and Opel returned to market leadership. Volkswagen did not catch up with the company until the 1970s. Opel's great successes in the 1960s were mainly due to the 'KAD trio'. These were the next cars:
In addition, the Opel Kadett was one of the most successful cars ever made. As early as 1967, this car had been sold a million times in total. Given the sales figures of cars in general at that time, this is very special.
Although several very successful cars were still marketed by Opel in the 1970s, such as the Opel Astra, Opel Manta and Opel Ascona, Opel ran into increasing difficulties after 1980. The financial crisis that started in 2008 was therefore a severe blow to Opel. General Motors Opel is trying to make it profitable again by means of art and aerial work. However, this has not been achieved. Since 2009, Opel has been responsible for more than eight billion euro in losses. The car brand Opel was therefore sold to the PSA group, which includes Peugeot and Citroen, for more than 2.2 billion euros. Opel's British brother, Vauxhall, is also included in the deal. By combining the research and development of the various car brands, among other things, the PSA group hopes to be able to save a lot of money and make Opel profitable again.
The compact crossover SUV Opel Antara was introduced in 2006. A special feature of the car is that it shares a lot with, among others, the Chevrolet Captiva. In 2006, both brands were still part of General Motors, and in order to save costs, the same chassis and similar engines were used for both cars, for example. In addition, the Opel Antara was also sold as the rebatched version:
Like almost all Opel models, the Antara distinguishes itself in terms of reliability and price. Opel is one of the top companies in the mid-range segment and since its first cars rolling the tire around 1910, it has been able to hold its place in the market perfectly. Prices are lower than those of competitors such as Mercedes and BMW, while Opel cars are among the top in terms of reliability and value for money.
Nevertheless, the Opel Antara was not a great success. For example, only 1226 of these cars were sold in 2010. Before and after that, however, things went better. After the facelift in 2010, the car became a lot more attractive to see. In 2015, however, Opel pulled the plug out of the Antara. Since 2017, the SUV that has to fill this gap in Opel's offer has been the Grandland X, which in turn has many similarities with the Peugeot 3008. The acquisition by PSA Group is immediately reflected in this model.
If you have had an accident with your Opel Antara or have been the victim of vandalism, for example, it can happen that there appears a crack in the windscreen. However, replacing your Opel Antara windscreen is not always immediately necessary. A single crack, i.e. one without branches that is not in the direct view of the driver, allows you to continue driving. However, if it is a multiple crack, the windscreen replacement of the Opel Antara is quickly required. Repairing a crack in a windscreen is not possible, so you will have to buy a new windscreen in case of damage.
The windscreen of all cars is made of three layers. These are two layers of glass with a layer of PVB film in between. The PVB film ensures sturdiness and its adhesive effect ensures that the glass will be held together in the event of a glass breakage. Moreover, due to the production method of the glass, the window will not break up into thousands of pieces, but will crack. This is because the glass has been heated quickly and then cooled down slowly. For example, a car's rear window will break because it is made of glass that has been heated quickly and cooled down quickly, putting it under pressure.
The cost of a new windscreen at a brand dealer is very high. This is because, in the first instance, only brand dealers are allowed to sell car windows with a brand logo. This monopoly allows them to charge higher prices than are strictly necessary. Through us you can purchase after market vehicle glass. These car windows come from the same factory and have the same high quality as car windows with a brand logo. However, in the absence of this brand logo, they may also be sold by non-brand dealers. As a result, the prices are considerably more favourable for you as a customer.
It is also possible to do the windscreen replacement of your Opel Antara yourself. Simply order the windscreen you need and place it yourself. If you do not have this knowledge in-house, you can count on our certified assembly partners. They will be happy to come and replace the windscreen of your Opel Antara on location. In both cases you can count on our low prices. In addition, the excellent service and high quality of the products means that you can quickly and safely get back on the road with your Opel Antara.