$2000 worth of Saran wrap.

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Oct 01, 1991

Dear Tom and Ray:

I own a Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible. On Halloween, someone played a prank on me which was not appreciated. My clear plastic rear convertible window was slashed. The cut is about three inches long and surgically straight. I have been told that the replacement cost for this clear plastic window, including labor, will exceed $2000. Can you suggest another method whereby this cut can be mended in a satisfactory way?

RAY: $2000 for a plastic window? Gee Richard, have you ever thought about how much Saran Wrap you could buy for $2,000?

TOM: Actually, Richard, other than replacing the window, I don't think there's any fix that won't leave some kind of scar.

RAY: If it galls you to spend two grand on a rear window, take the car down to "Carmine's Convertible Tops and Charm School," or some place like that, and let them take a shot at it. Seriously, any decent convertible top/upholstery shop ought to be able to replace this window for a fraction of what you've been quoted. The job may not be up to the hand-crafted standards of the old country, but it won't cost $2,000 either.

TOM: And if you don't like the way it comes out, just slap one of our "Save The Skeets" bumper stickers over the cut (people are shooting the poor little critters, you know).

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