When damage to a windshield is just a small crack or chip, you may be able to have it repaired. There are many reasons why you should consider a repair over a full windshield replacement.
1. Save Cash
A windshield repair costs much less than a full replacement. In fact, many insurance companies cover small repairs completely, while you will still have to pay your deductible if you need to replace the entire windshield. Even if you are paying out of pocket, you can expect to spend many times less for a repair compared to putting in a new windshield.
2. Avoid Fines
Depending on the location and size of the chip or crack, you can get a ticket. This is because windshield damage can obstruct your view, particularly if it is on the driver's side. This is considered a safety violation in many areas, and it may result in a fine. Worse, if you are in an accident, then the chip that was obstructing your view may put you at fault.
3. Be Green
Ignoring a crack or chip means that it will get bigger, and eventually, you will need to replace the entire window. Although a windshield replacement isn't the worst thing you can do to the environment, it does result in the old windshield and its seal being sent to the landfill. Repairing the chip or small crack extends the life of the windshield and seal, reducing the overall amount of waste produced. It may not seem like much, but every little bit helps!
4. Reduce the Wait
A windshield replacement is time-consuming. It takes time to remove the old windshield and place the new one. Then the seals have to cure for at least a few hours before you can even pick up your car. You may be required to drive more carefully and park in protected areas for a day or more as you wait for the seals to fully dry and become waterproof. A chip repair, on the other hand, is often finished in less than half an hour. Most repairs are cured instantly with a small UV light, so there is no waiting period before you can drive the vehicle.
5. Increase Safety
Cracks and chips on a windshield can decrease the safety of your car. Even a small fender bender can cause the window to shatter if the integrity of the glass is already compromised by a chip. Keep yourself and your passengers safe by having even small windshield damages repaired promptly.
Contact a repair company if you have a small chip or crack and you need auto glass repair.