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Does my windshield need to be replaced?

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Busted auto glass or windshield that is cracked and shattered.A rock hits your car windshield. Debris falls off the back of a truck. A chunk of ice hits the windshield just right. That’s the bad news. The good news is an unexpected crack or chip does not mean your car’s windshield needs to be replaced.

You can find out for sure at a local repair shop. Your mechanic can look at the damage and decide whether the car needs a windshield repair or replacement. Often, this check can be done during a regularly scheduled oil change, maintenance, or repair appointment. Don’t wait too long; your windshield is an important part of you and your passengers’ safety.

Vehicle windshields are made of laminated glass manufactured strong enough to withstand impacts and provide structural support. Typically, front windshields are comprised of three layers. Rear windshields and side windows are usually manufactured with tempered glass.

Simply, vehicle windshields play a key role in safety, which is why it often needs to be replaced when there is damage. However, a windshield can be repaired if the damage fits in any of these criteria.

Crack is small

Small cracks and chips can usually be repaired without compromising visibility. In general, chips and cracks less than six inches can be fixed as long as the damage is not in an area that might impact the structural strength.

Position of damage

The location of the windshield crack or chip plays a large role in determining whether repair or replacement is the right solution. If the damage is situated in front of a camera or sensor, impedes driving visibility, or in any area that could compromise strength, a full windshield replacement is usually needed. A mechanic can look at the damage and tell if you a windshield can be repaired. 

Windshield repair or replacement?

Beyond the size and position of the windshield damage, there are several other key differences between a windshield repair and replacement. A windshield repair is usually cheaper and takes less than an hour. The car can be driven as soon as the repair is complete. While a windshield replacement takes the same amount of time, it is usually recommended that the car not be driven until an hour after the replacement.

Depending on the cost, car insurance does not usually cover a windshield repair or replacement; it depends on the amount of deductible and the terms of the insurance. Contact a mechanic to find out if windshield repair is feasible, get a free quote, and get a clear windshield view.

Does my windshield need to be replaced?

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Busted auto glass or windshield that is cracked and shattered.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.

Does your car need windshield repair or replacement?

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car with cracked windshieldThe pictures on Facebook told the story: our friends’ truck in the middle of the road completely covered by a tree. A tree! The good news is that our friend and her truck were okay. The tree, however had left its mark on the windshield, leaving a crack (miraculously, one crack) that spanned almost the entire length of the windshield. She was left wondering, “How much is this windshield crack going to cost me? Do I have to get the whole window replaced? Do I need to contact my insurance?”

Not all auto glass damage has to be fixed with a complete glass replacement. Small chips and cracks can often be fixed quickly and completely at a local auto shop. The damage and repair does not compromise the safety of the window, and the car is on the road quickly and inexpensively. Another advantage of fixing a windshield chip is that the chip doesn’t cause further damage, which would require a full auto glass replacement. If a car owner has comprehensive insurance coverage, the insurance company may cover the cost of the repair regardless of your deductible amount.

A car windshield is comprised of three layers. If the three layers are completely penetrated, the car windshield needs to be replaced for safety and visibility. Contact a local repair shop as soon as the damage occurs to make sure that they have the glass in stock. Some repair shops can contact the insurance company and coordinate direct payment if the repair is more than the amount of the deductible.

If you are the unfortunate victim of a windshield crack, chip or auto glass shatter, don’t panic. Contact your local repair shop and ask if they coordinate the cost and repair of your auto glass with your insurance company. A good, experienced repair shop, like Tire-rifik in Watertown, can get you back on the road quickly with a clear view and a repaired windshield that doesn’t look like it was repaired.