When to Repair a Windshield

When to Repair a WindshieldA cracked windshield may not look very nice, but it can lead to even further complications if you don’t get it taken care of quickly.

It doesn’t matter where you live; your windshield is going to come under a lot of stress throughout it life. You could be driving behind a truck or tractor with a pea-sized pebble stuck in its tires, and it will find its way towards your windshield. A tree branch that has waited for the precise moment to fall on your vehicle, or a bird fatally misjudging distance,  all spell trouble for your poor windshield. If your windshield cracks or chips, do you have to get it replaced or repaired?
You can always perform the dollar bill test; if your chip or crack can be covered by a dollar bill, then it can very likely be repaired. The good news is that most small cracks can be repaired for under $100 on average. If you’ve ever chipped your phone screen, you’ll know that cracks will continue growing until they reach the edge; the same goes with your car’s windshield! The repair process involves filling the chip or crack with a special resin that can fill the smallest of crevasses. Don’t expect the resin to be as transparent as the surrounding windshield! While not completely opaque, you can expect to get back about 75 to 95 percent of the optical clarity.
If the chip is directly in the driver’s line of sight, there are more than three cracks, the damage is at the edge of the windshield, or covered in divots, it should be replaced rather repaired.
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