There is all manner of debris, pebbles and tiny stones on the road that can damage your windshield when driving. The damage can be particularly frequent if you live in a rural area or in a town where the roads are not well maintained. Thankfully, the damage caused by this kind of debris is rarely extensive.
Unfortunately, however, this can lead many drivers to believe that they don’t need to bother getting their windshield repaired or replaced. After all, what harm can a tiny chip do? This is a completely wrong attitude. Even the smallest chip can turn into a crack, causing extensive damage to your windshield and impairing your ability to drive.
If your windshield gets chipped, repairing or replacing your windshield as soon as possible is essential. But which should it be, repair or replace? Bring your car into A+ Plus Auto Glass and our experienced and skilled technicians will be able to assess the damage and let you know the best strategy. But in case you were wondering, or can’t get down to our center immediately, here’s how we come up with the answer.
When We Repair a Rock-chipped Windshield
Where possible, we will always choose to repair a chipped windshield. Not only is it a much faster service that can have you back out on the road in under an hour, but it is also much cheaper. Thanks to the high-quality repair resin now available to auto glass experts, there really is no need to replace a window unless you absolutely have to.
So, if the chip is less than six inches in diameter, there are one or two chips only, and the damage is not in a vulnerable position like the edge of the windshield, we will almost always repair it. It is incredibly rare that we will replace your window if it matches all three of these criteria.
When We Replace Windshields
Sometimes customers don’t bring their vehicle into us quick enough. By the time they do their chip has already turned into a crack that is six inches or more in diameter. Unfortunately, in this situation, there is nothing we can do except replace the windshield. When a chip has turned into a crack, there is very little the resin can do. We may also be forced to replace the windshield if the chip compromises the overall integrity of the windshield. The last thing you want is for your windshield to shatter while driving so we always make sure that safety is the first priority — even if it means you are forced to spend a little more.
A lot of the times you may not even have to worry about the cost, however. Very often auto glass repair is covered under your insurance. That means your insurer may be willing to cover some or all of the cost of the repair or replacement. Always make sure to check where you stand with your insurer before bringing your car into auto glass experts like A+ Plus Auto Glass.