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 though 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.
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 by 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.