Hail damage. A rock from a dump truck. Tree branches that fell. There are a million reasons why windshields get cracked, chipped, or shattered—and a million thoughts and questions that go through your head when you see the windshield damage.
When can a windshield be fixed?
Auto windshields are manufactured with three layers. If the damage to your windshield fits into any of these criteria, your windshield may be able to be fixed:
- the crack or chip is small;
- the damage is not to the edge of the windshield;
- the crack, chip, or other damage is not compromising your visibility (you can’t see right because of the damage).
Repairing the damage is usually cheaper than windshield replacement, and does not compromise the safety of the window. Fixing a small chip on a window is also a preventative measure, so the chip doesn’t cause further damage requiring a full auto glass replacement. Make an appointment as soon as possible to get your windshield repaired so you don’t have to worry about getting an emergency windshield replacement.
Does a cracked, chipped or shattered windshield need to be replaced?
If the damage to your windshield covers a large portion of glass, penetrates all three layers, or is in a critical structural area, your windshield needs to be replaced. Contact your local repair shop as soon as the damage occurs to make sure that they have the glass in stock.
How much does it cost to fix or replace a windshield?
The exact cost of your windshield repair or replacement depends on the nature of the repair and the make and model of the vehicle. If you have comprehensive insurance coverage, your insurance company may cover the cost of the repair regardless of your deductible amount, giving you a complete auto glass repair at no cost. Some repair shops can contact your insurance company for you and coordinate direct payment if the repair is more than your deductible.