You cannot always protect your car from every external factors. The case of damage caused during storms, animals and falling debris etc. can still damage your car. The most common form of damage is usually caused to your windshield, either in the form of a chip or a crack. A lot of people tend to ignore or delay getting their windshield repaired, which is not recommended, you need to fix your windshield immediately because your windshield protects you in many ways you don’t realize and a problem with your windshield can ultimately serve as a barrier between your safety and a potentially fatal injury.
Some windshield damage can be fixed but sometimes you need to get a replacement done. A number of factors go into consideration when deciding between the two, some of which we will discuss below.
- The size of the chip or crack plays a big part in determining whether you will get a repair or a replacement job done. As a rule of thumb, a crack upto 3 inches and a chip that is the size of a quarter can be fixed, however, anything over that usually has to go for repairs.
- Sometimes the size of the damage cannot be used to make a decision alone. You also need to consider the location of the damage. For example, if the cracks or chipping is along the outer edges of the glass, it needs to be replaced since it can affect the structural integrity of the entire windshield, similarly damage across the line of vision also needs replacement rather than a repair job.
- The depth and extent of the damage also counts. If the crack or chip has penetrated through the inner and outer glass layers, it needs a replacement. If it’s just grazed the first layer, it can be fixed.