When to Repair or Replace a Damaged Windshield

A cracked windshield is never any fun, but when are you supposed to repair or replace it?

No matter where you live, your windshield is likely to be on the receiving end of some unwanted wear and tear. There could be a tiny pebble that was knocked out of a construction truck, hail from the turbulent sky above, or a tree branch that is destined to fall right when your car passes by. Whatever the damage, these all have been caused by non-collision related incidents. But are you supposed to repair or replace your windshield?

Large and Small Repairs

The good news is that smaller chips and cracks can be easily repaired for under $100 (on average). A good way of knowing if your chip or crack can be repaired is by using the dollar bill method. This involves taking a dollar bill and covering the chip, if the dollar bill can cover the area of the crack, then a repair is the likeliest next step. The repair process works by injecting a special resin in the cracked area.

If the chip, however, is directly in the line of sight of the driver, or the windshield has any cracks near its edges, a repair should be considered.

If your windshield can be repaired, it’s best to do it as soon as possible. If you’ve ever chipped your phone’s screen, you know that a chip will continue to grow until it runs out of glass. Your windshield is no different, only if it grows out of the dollar bill’s range, it could cost you more money to fix.

An auto insurance policy with comprehensive coverage will cover damages caused by non-collision related accidents. For all of your auto insurance needs in California, be sure to contact Stromsoe Insurance Agency. We are more than happy to help you get the coverage you deserve!

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