So I happened upon a predom parts supplier based in the Netherlands. Roy has helpful and took the time to email back and forth with me while I made sure everything was correct and would fit.
His website is https://www.predomonderdelen.nl/
He had never shipped a window before and we were both nervous about it. He dealt with FedEx International Shipping and it was the best/safest route for the product.
Basics of the transaction.
front window was 343 euros plus 25euro packaging and 216euro shipping.
I also purchased new exterior handles and molding covers for the window attachment which he threw in the box and didn't change the shipping cost.
International money transfer as he does not deal in Paypal. I never questioned it, just made sure that all the numbers made sense with a google search of international bank numbers and account numbers. I'll be honest, I was worried that I had just sent over $1000 into the wind and would not get anything for it. So not the case.
Roy was in constant contact once I sent the money, telling me when he received it, what he still needed for shipping and when the package was picked up.
The box was picked up in Europe on Friday and was delivered in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, but would have been Monday if I had prepayed the customs fee or been home at 915 in the morning.
Because this window is double glazed, the inside is flat and the outside is the bubble shape of the original window with an airgap between the panes for insulation. It installed easily but the flat surface on the inside makes it not settle flat against the original window gasket. I shaved down the outer raised edge of the gasket with a knife and the window closes flush.
The new locks and closure holds are different from the originals. The new latches fit perfectly but the closure mount that the latch twists into do not sit properly in the original gasket. I have had to use the original locking mechanisms and pins for the time being. I would suggest replacing the gasket with the new one that Roy supplies, as the newer latches look like they will provide a tight fit and not come undone during travels.
Yes, this was an expensive option for window replacement, but to me it was totally worth it.
The window looks awesome, so much so that I am considering purchasing the rear window replacement next year as that window is pitted from 33 years of use and age.
I did not want a fixed window or I would have done something locally. I love the look of the Cadet
, and the windows are unique so I wanted to maintain its look.
In total, it was around $1200 delivered to my door. This was for Front window, 4 handles, 2 molding covers, packaging, shipping and duty on this end separately.