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Why You Should Fix the Chip on Your Windshield

Windshield Chips

That chip in your windshield may have been caused by a small stone, but it could spell big trouble if you don’t have it repaired quickly. Stone chips and glass repair are part of life as a vehicle owner. Windshields get chipped and cracked all the time, and although they’re often inopportune, they can’t be neglected and should be attended to in short order. Here’s what to do when your car windshield gets chipped.

Even though they may seem minor, small stone chips can quickly develop into a costly repair job. Chips grow when pressure is placed on your windshield. Pressure can come from a variety of sources, even something as minor as taking your car through the car wash or when changes in temperature occur. Once they grow into a crack, they can no longer be fixed and your windshield will need to be replaced. Smaller chips are easily fixable by an auto glass expert at Stevens Glass but if the chip is too large, or it expands to the length or width of a credit card, it will likely need to be replaced.

Actions to Take

Most insurance policies will cover the cost of stone chip repairs without impact to your policy rate. Being proactive and repairing a chip in your windshield can save drivers a significant amount of money. A windshield replacement can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars, to $1,500 depending on the year, make, and model of the vehicle; and therefore, fast action is crucial.

Standard windshields are made of two transparent pieces of glass that are glued to a vinyl resin in the center. The vinyl resin helps keep the glass in place during impact or a collision and stops shards of glass from flying, which can cause serious injury or death.

However, experts say once the vinyl resin, or safety layer, has been cracked or chipped, the windshield is unable to withstand much more impact, and cannot protect as well the driver and passengers. A large crack can also negatively impact your vision and reflect sunlight glare, making it difficult to see.

A cracked windshield is also a safety hazard. If the glass is cracked it could break and impact your ability to drive safely. What most people don’t realize is that the windshield is part of the structural framework of the vehicle. A cracked windshield has a greater chance of shattering or causing an accident.

Stevens Glass suggests that you:

  • Contact us or come to the shop and get it repaired.
  • Talk to your insurance company and find out if the repair is covered.
  • Be aware of insurance fraud scams. Never give your insurance information to anything less than a reputable repair shop with a long-standing presence. Temporary repair stations should be avoided.

By being proactive you’ll save money, keep the inconvenience to a minimum, and-most importantly-stay safe.

5 Comments

  • I like how you mentioned that small chips can become a larger problem. My windshield picked up a couple of small cracks from rocks on the road. Maybe it would be best to have a professional repair those before they spread and cause bigger issues.

  • I recently noticed a small crack in my windshield which seems to be growing slowly day by day. Knowing that this could potentially spell big trouble if left unchecked as your article mentioned is quite alarming to me as I didn’t think it would be an issue. That is why I’ll be sure to have it repaired as soon as possible by a reputable auto glass repair near our area. Thanks!

  • Deb Pearl says:

    That is good to know that if a chip expands to the length or width of a credit card it will likely need to be replaced. I recently got a chip in my windshield and I have been wondering if I can fix it. I will have to see how big my chip is. Thank you for the information!

  • Deb Pearl says:

    I didn’t know that chips could grow when there is a lot of pressure on your windshield. I have a tiny chip on my windshield, and I thought I would be ok if I didn’t get it fixed. I will have to make sure I take it in to get it checked so it doesn’t get bigger. Thank you for the information!

  • Wow, I never really took into account that small chips could lead to large cracks. I’ve heard that fixing a chip in a windshield would actually make it stronger than before it broke. I’m interested to know why that is. My friend got her windshield chipped the other day, but because it’s been could, she’s been delaying getting it fixed. I’ll share these benefits with her, and hopefully it will encourage her to get her windshield repaired or replaced.

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