Does My Windshield have to be Replaced or Repaired?

So, a rock has flown into your windshield and left a lovely crack along the side. The ultimate question following this event is whether the crack will only require a quick fix, or an entire windshield replacement. On the bright side, there are some things you can examine on your own to determine the next steps for your windshield.

1.) Where is the damage located?

Having damage on any part of your windshield is never a good thing, but one of the deciding factors of whether or not you’ll need to replace it is the location of the damage itself. If the crack or chip is located along the edge of the windshield, there is a good chance you can get away with a simple repair. Although, a crack or chip on the corner of the windshield could render the entire thing unstable. If the chip or crack is located in your field of vision, however, there is a good chance your windshield will have to be replaced.

2.) How much damage is there?

One small chip on your windshield is not going to warrant a full replacement of your auto glass. Having up to three chips on your windshield means you can still have it repaired. However, having more than three chips in your windshield can make it prone to shattering without warning. Cracks in your windshield, on the other hand, are a bit different. If you have three separate cracks, please get yourself to the nearest auto glass center. One small crack usually only warrants a repair, but if the crack is longer than a pen you might be in need of a replacement.

Regardless of if you decide to head to the auto glass center right away or not, it is always good to keep an eye on any windshield damage you may have acquired. Over time the damage will get worse, not to mention the fact that law enforcement can write you a ticket for operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment. Do your best to keep on top of your windshield, and you’ll likely avoid any unsavory outcomes.

Addressing that Crack in Your Windshield

Windshield damage can strike at any time. One moment you’re listening to one of your favorite songs, and the next a rock is hitting your windshield. Sometimes, you get lucky and no damage is inflicted. Other times, however, you’re left with a lovely crack on your windshield. Regardless of if the crack is small or large, it is in your best interest to mend the issue quickly. Not everyone does this though, so the real question is how long should one wait before addressing the issue?

In short, the answer is as soon as possible. By getting the crack repaired quickly, you avoid allowing the crack to spread and cause further damage. If the crack is fairly minor, you can likely drive for hundreds of more miles without there being any further issue. Large cracks, on the other hand, have a greater chance of developing into a more serious problem, so it is best to address those early on.

The longer you wait to get your windshield fixed, the greater the chance is that something will inflict more damage upon it. Anything from another rock hitting your windshield to severe weather can influence how your damaged windshield holds up over time. The location of the crack is also a factor. If the damage is located on the driver’s side, especially within your field of view, it is best to not operate your vehicle until you address the issue. Since most of us require our vehicles for everyday use, utilizing mobile windshield replacement services is incredibly convenient.

If you happen to live in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, or South Carolina, which are zero deductible states, you won’t have to pay any money to have your windshield replaced. That is, as long as you have car insurance. If you live in any of the other 45 states, you will have to pay to have it replaced. This is one of the main reasons why people wait so long to have their windshields sorted out, aside from it being completely inconvenient. Sadly, the damage will not disappear on its own, so try your best to remedy the situation before your entire windshield spider webs or completely breaks open.

It can be easy to ignore small cracks on your windshield, even big ones for that matter. But, just like any other car damage, the crack will worsen over time. It will also get more expensive to repair the worse it gets. Repairing a small crack is much less costly than getting your entire windshield replaced, so keep that in mind the next time you continually put off repairs, and do your best to keep your windshield healthy.

Carolina Windshield Centers is a leading auto glass repair shop. For more information about our windshield replacement services, contact our Charlotte, NC auto glass shop at 800-900-1505.