When to Repair or Replace Your Damaged Windshield

Repair or Replace Your Damaged WindshieldKnow when to repair or replace your damaged windshield.

It happens to the best of us. Your car is parked under a tree, near a building site, or you are driving behind construction crew, and somehow the windshield gets hit with debris. When flying materials pick up speed, it can pick up momentum and crack your windshield on contact.

While your windshield is designed to withstand high pressures and plenty of flying debris, when it does crack or split, it is time to evaluate the damage. The extent of the crack will determine whether you need to replace or repair your windshield.

When to Repair:

The windshield repair process usually involves injecting liquid into damaged areas to fill in cracks and chips, which makes the damage invisible, restoring the strength of the windshield. Here is what you need to know:

  • Many repair shops can repair rock chips that are smaller than the size of a quarter and crackers that are smaller than three inches in length.
  • Some shops may not be willing to repair cracks or large chips that are in the driver’s line of vision as the liquid may distort the glass.
  • Repairs should be done as quickly as possible to keep the crack or chip from spreading due to moisture or motion.
  • Many auto insurance policies cover crack and chip repair since repairs are much cheaper than replacements.

When to Replace:

When replacing the windshield, the entire glass is removed as well as the molding around the windshield. For this reason, replacement is recommended only in cases where the windshield is damaged beyond repair or if it has cracks that are too big to be filled.

  • If your windshield was impacted by a large object or involved in a major crash, it should be replaced, no matter the size of the crack. The glass and the frame could be weakened.
  • Most windshield replacements are considered safety measures, which means most insurance companies will cover the costs.

Does your auto insurance provide all-encompassing coverage, or is it missing the basics such as glass coverage? Contact the insurance experts at Mayer Insurance in Apple Valley, Minnesota for all of your car coverage needs.