Your car’s windshield is chipped, pitted, or broken and you can’t ignore it.
WHACK! Not only does that sound wake you up but it may also be the start of a bigger problem, a compromised windshield. A chipped or cracked windshield can be annoying and unsafe. Luckily, now under certain circumstances you can have it repaired rather than fully replaced.
Regardless of the size and location of a chip or crack, it’s always advisable to have it repaired quickly.
How do I know if I have to replace my windshield or have it repaired? Windshield repair or replacement depends on the size, location and severity of the damage. The majority of windshield repair shops can repair quarter-sized rock chips and cracks up to three inches long. Anything bigger and most places will recommend replacement. Although, some facilities use a special technique that allows them to repair cracks up to 12 inches long. So it pays to check around before committing to a new windshield.
Location of the damage also plays a role in determining your windshield’s fate. Cracks at the edge of the windshield tend to spread very quickly and can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. If they’re caught in time, they can be repaired. But in most cases, it’s usually advisable to replace the windshield. You should also be aware that some facilities might not repair a chip that appears directly in the driver’s line of vision. This is due to the repair process leaving minor distortions in the glass.
Regardless of the size and location of a chip or crack, it’s always advisable to have it repaired quickly. If you wait to long to repair it, dirt will work its way into the damaged area, altering the effectiveness and clarity of the repair. And, the damage done to your windshield just might be to big; it may simply be beyond saving. Major impacts or accident damage go beyond what a repair facility can fix. In these cases, replacement is a must.
So, how much will a repair or replacement cost?
The cost to repair a windshield is pretty standard across the country. Repairing a single chip costs roughly $40-$50 for the first chip and approximately $10 for each additional chip. The cost to repair a crack is also about $40-$50, if the crack is longer than 3” it may need special treatment. Long-crack specialists charge $70 to fix 6-12” cracks.
Replacing a windshield costs considerably more and varies greatly with the vehicle. You will also need to add in a molding kit and labor: Toyota Camry — $350 – $550, Ford Explorer — $400 – $1,300, Chevrolet Corvette — $650 – $920.
Is this covered by my insurance?
Nearly all-automotive insurance companies cover windshields, but because the cost to replace a windshield is so much higher than a repair, coverage is handled differently for each. If you’re replacing a windshield, your insurance company will ask you to pay your deductible and they’ll pay for the complete replacement.
No matter what you do have a qualified glass specialist carefully examine your windshield to determine whether a repair will suffice or if it should indeed be replaced. Also remember to check with your insurance agent to confirm the terms of your coverage before committing to any windshield work.
Windshield repair work is a temporary fix
Windshield repair is first aid for the glass that helps prevent the damage from getting worse. In some cases, the repair may look nearly perfect, while in others; it could still appear slightly blemished. But in both cases, a proper repair will help to prevent the damage from spreading. Since every chip is unique, some will respond more effectively to repair than others, but a repaired windshield will never look as perfectly clear as a brand new one.
Bring your car to any Koons collision center and we’ll help you with your determining if your vehicle needs a new windshield or if it can be repaired. Koons partners with Geico and we have trained technicians that can help you and get you back on the road as soon as possible ♛