Windshield Repair or Replacement?

by admin on December 28, 2011

Windshield Chip Pattern

Windshield Chip Pattern

Windshield Chip Repairs = Going Green and Saving Green $$$

Have a chip or crack in your windshield?  So how do you know whether it should be repaired or replaced?  Here are a few things you should know when considering a windshield repair or replacement and your safety:

If the total size of the damage is less than the size of a quarter, it is not in the direct eyesight of the driver and is not within 2 inches of the edge; it can be repaired.  Repairing your windshield is not only a cost effective solution (it may even be free if your insurance company waives the cost!), but it is the green way to go.  Other benefits include preventing your chip or crack to spread so you do not have to pay for an entire replacement and you do not have to re-open the seal of your current windshield.

If the total damage is larger than the size of a credit card, you should replace your windshield as soon as possible for you and your passengers’ safety as the windshield helps your vehicle maintain it’s structural integrity in the event of an accident when properly installed.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Morris @ Windshield Repair Las Vegas July 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Repairing your windshield is the smartest way to save your money but sometimes it may be dangerous when you take much repairing work on the deep cracks. According to my opinion you have replacement when cracks are too deep. Keep sharing some more things.

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ViralPunch August 17, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Thank you for sharing! It’s important for consumers to know that repair can be an option. If you’re unsure, an auto glass installer can tell you whether your windshield can be repaired or needs replaced. Thank you again for the information!

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Phoenix Auto Glass Replacement October 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Repair or Replace, that is a common question. This blog has useful information for people who are not educated on this. Great professional advice!

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Phoenix Auto Glass Repair November 17, 2012 at 3:11 am

The most important thing is to allow a certified technician to inspect the damage on your auto glass, to determine whether or not it requires a full replacement, or just a repair. Those are some great guidelines you stated above though, to give drivers an idea of what to expect. Thanks for the informative post!

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Lillian Schaeffer July 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm

This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that damage less than the size of a quarter can be repaired. My husband and I just got back from a road trip, and we picked up a few chips on the way, but they’re all small. They’re not in the driver’s line of sight, so we’ll definitely look into having those repaired before they spread. Thanks for the great post!

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Kendall Ryder July 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I recently had a rock hit my windshield and it was originally just a small crack. I didn’t get it repaired and it eventually turned into something bigger. Now I am thinking I need to get the whole thing replaced! It would have been better if I had just gotten it taken care of right away rather than wait. But oh well I guess. At least I am able to still get it fixed.

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April Cook August 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm

I didn’t know that a chip close to the edge would meant he windshield needs to be replaced. Id that because the glass is weaker around the edges? I got two little chips yesterday when a gravel truck was on the road in front of me. I know they are small enough to repair, but I will have to double check their location. Thanks for this information!

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Braden Bills October 19, 2016 at 1:04 pm

There’s a crack in my windshield, but I don’t know if I should have it replaced. The total damage size is much bigger than a quarter, so it doesn’t look like repairing it is an option. I’ll take it in to get it replaced, then!

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Erika Brady November 1, 2016 at 2:35 pm

This information has been so helpful! I got a chip in my windshield and have been trying to figure out if it should be repaired or needs to be replaced. The size is less than a quarter, and is not in my eyesight, but it is within 2 inches of the edge. If that is the case I will probably need to have it replaced it sounds like. Thanks for letting me know. I will call someone and see what steps I need to take to get it replaced.

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Kenneth Gladman November 15, 2016 at 7:15 pm

I didn’t know that insurance companies could waive some costs of small cracks or chips. I have been putting off getting mine fixed and I know that is wrong. I will have to contact my provider and see if I can get it free.

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Luke Yancey November 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm

I didn’t know that chips or cracks can be repaired as long as they are not within two inches from the edge of the windshield! A rock just chipped my windshield. I should probably take care of it soon.

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Helen November 21, 2016 at 6:57 pm

This is really helpful to have some guidelines for knowing how severe a crack or chip is in your windshield. I hadn’t considered that it isn’t just about the size of the crack, but also the location. When in doubt, you can always have a professional give it a look and get their opinion.

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Finn Stewart November 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

I noticed yesterday that I have a new chip on my car’s windshield. Because I’m worried about my windshield shattering, I started looking to see if that meant I should get the windshield replaced. That’s why I appreciate you sharing that if the total size of the damage is less than the size of a quarter, it can be repaired. Mine is a lot bigger than that, so I might have to get it replaced.

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Elsa Anderson November 30, 2016 at 3:14 pm

I really like how you mention that if the crack or chip in your windshield is larger than the size of a credit card, you should replace your windshield. I was driving behind a truck with gravel in it’s bed and some of the rocks flew out and chipped my windshield. The cracks are definitely bigger than the size of a credit card, so I should probably have the whole thing replaced just to be safe.

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Braden Bills February 17, 2017 at 3:26 pm

I’ve noticed a crack in my windshield. Thankfully it’s small enough that I can have it repaired! I’ll be sure to hire a professional to repair that for me!

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