Regardless of where or how you drive, odds are high that your windshield will get hit with a rock eventually, resulting in a chip or a crack. These are annoying at the least, and hazardous at worst.
Replacing a windshield can cost hundreds of dollars, so before you leap to that conclusion it’s a good idea to explore whether the damage to your windshield can be repaired instead.
When to Repair or Replace a Windshield
It’s tempting to think of a tiny chip in your windshield as no big deal, but that big piece of glass on the front of your car plays a more important structural role than you may realize.
When intact, a windshield can endure a huge amount of air pressure when you’re zooming down the highway. With even a little chip, the structural integrity of the glass is jeopardized. That can mean a better chance of the windshield shattering during an accident or if another rock came flying at your car while you were driving. If you live in an area that freezes in the winter, icy conditions can also cause a small crack to spread. For the safety of you and your passengers, it’s always a good idea to take care of windshield chips and cracks as quickly as you can.
Car windshields are made by sandwiching plastic in between two pieces of glass. If damage is not significant, windshields normally can be fixed by injecting liquid plastic into the damaged spot. This can be much more affordable than windshield replacement.
Depending on the type, size, and placement of the chip or crack, you may be able to save a great deal of money by having a localized repair done rather than replacing the whole windshield. Damage that could impair the driver’s view typically means the glass has to be replaced, but smaller cracks that don’t impede the driver’s ability to see can frequently be repaired for a fraction of the price of a replacement. Damage that is less than three inches long or two inches in diameter and is outside the driver’s direct line of vision can commonly be fixed.
Windshield repairs not only save you money, they have the added advantage of keeping the factory seal on the original windshield. Basically, don’t procrastinate on fixing the damage so long that it turns into something you need to replace.
How to Save on Windshield Repairs and Replacement
Comprehensive insurance coverage typically includes windshield replacement for non-collision damage. You might have the option to add full glass coverage to your plan, which can mean replacement of a damaged windshield costs you nothing out of pocket. Sometimes, your insurance provider may waive the deductible if your windshield qualifies for a repair. Contact your insurance agent to find out exactly what your policy covers and what your options for repair or replacement are.
If it does not make economic sense to involve the insurance company, locate an auto glass repair shop in your area to examine– and possibly fix– the damage. Make sure the company is registered with the Auto Glass Safety Council and approved by AAA to ensure the work will be done to the highest safety standards. You can ask your insurance rep for recommendations. Using a reliable business also reduces the risk of fraud– never accept an unsolicited offer to repair your windshield– and unnecessary upsells. Receive a second opinion if you’re unsure whether you’re being scammed into a full windshield replacement when a repair is possible.
In many cases, a technician may be able to come to you, at home or on the job, to repair or replace your windshield at your convenience– so you have no reason for delaying. Contact Precision Auto Glass for your windshield repair needs today.