If you are a regular commuter, it’s not uncommon to experience windshield damage. A crack or chip in your windshield can seem harmless enough but can grow into a bigger issue if left unchecked. As your windshield is vital to your visibility while driving, it needs to be free of damage or obstructions.
In most states, it’s illegal to drive with a cracked or damaged windshield. This makes it even more important to regularly inspect your windshield and promptly repair any damage. Depending on your state, you may be legally required to repair any cracks depending on size and placement. Check this guide for your state’s laws.
When to repair it yourself
If your chip or crack is relatively small (smaller than 6 inches), you may be able to repair it rather than replace. You can purchase a repair kit, which includes a resin to fill the crack or chip. These range from around $10 to $15. Keep in mind, though, that a crack can quickly spread and become a bigger issue, so take care of it as soon as possible.
When to leave it to a professional
If your crack is in a difficult location or you are not comfortable repairing it yourself, it’s best to leave it to a professional. A windshield repair will typically cost somewhere around $100 depending on your vehicle and size of chip. Depending on your insurance policy, this may be cheaper than filing a claim for the repair.
If you have a large crack that requires a windshield replacement, contact a professional. Depending on your vehicle and your location, you can expect to pay around $250. Some repair companies can even come to you. Regardless of who you go with for your repair, the Auto Glass Safety Council recommends checking that they are registered with the AGSC.
Safety is of utmost importance at SafeAuto (it is in our name, after all). When you notice windshield damage, take care of it right away to keep your vision clear and prevent your windshield from potentially shattering. Further protect your vehicle with the right insurance for the right price.