Damaged windshields could cause major problems for your vehicle and for any passengers riding in your vehicle. Most windshields are very sturdily built and are meant to withstand the toughest debris. But on occasion they may get struck and develop a crack. If your windshield gets hit by large objects such as hail, baseballs at the park or big rocks, you should have it checked immediately. Even if the crack seems small, it’s a good idea to have it repaired as soon as possible.
1. Your Windshield Is Your Key To Visibility Of The Road
If you let cracks develop in your windshield, they may grow bigger and prevent you from seeing the road in front of you. This in turn could lead to bigger problems and cause accidents while you’re driving. If a windshield’s condition is this bad, it’s time to replace it.
2. Your Windshield Keeps Your Vehicle Roof in Place
According to All Valley Auto Glass, your windshield is a very strong component of your vehicle’s body, and if it’s damaged, your vehicle’s roof could collapse, especially in an accident. Even if you’re a very good driver, you never know when or where an accident might happen, and if your windshield already has minor damage in it, it could become a major hazard if it becomes broken in an accident. Broken windshields in accidents could increase injuries to yourself and other passengers and may not stop objects from flying into or out of your car.
3. Repairing A Windshield Isn’t Nearly as Costly As You Might Think
One reason a lot of people might delay getting their windshield repaired or replaced is because they fear it will cost a fortune to do so. In reality, it actually doesn’t cost too much if you can find a crack early and prevent it from growing bigger. Replacing the whole windshield if necessary certainly will cost significantly more than repairing it, but if you have the right insurance or contact the right repair service company the costs will still usually be less than you might think, unless you own a rare luxury or vintage car in which case they could be very high.
There is no cost written in stone for repairing or replacing a windshield. According to Bankrate, costs for repairs usually fall somewhere between $50 and $100 though they could even be less than that in some cases such as small chips that cost around $10 or less. Replacement could be somewhere between $150 and $300. The cost could vary though depending on your location, and whether you plan to purchase a replacement from the vehicle’s original manufacturer or a third-party car parts retailer. Costs can also be offset if your vehicle’s insurance policy covers windshield repairs and the repair company accepts your insurance company’s policy.
Repairing or replacing your windshield also is usually not something that you have to go to a mechanic’s garage to do. There are many windshield repair companies that have servicemen who can come out to your home or workplace and repair or replace the windshield immediately, and it usually won’t take any more than an hour. It may cost a little more to do so than taking it to the garage due to travel time and possibly replacing peripherals such as windshield wipers and moldings.
Whether you need to repair or replace your windshield depends on the size of cracks and chips. In either case it’s a good idea to have a professional do it if you don’t know what you’re doing, because sometimes repair materials and instructions that you get from your local auto repair shops or hardware stores aren’t very reliable. According to this CNN report, if cracks in a windshield are about 6 inches long or less, they can be repaired quite easily. Longer ones may be repaired as well, but once they reach a very noticeable length the windshield has to be replaced.