|Can Be Repaired if||Should Be Replaced if|
|Only the outer layer of the glass is damaged.||The inner layer of glass has also been broken.|
|The crack or chip is not close to the outer margin of the glass.||The damage is near or reaches a corner or edge of the windshield.|
What can and Cannot be repaired on a windshield?
Damages that usually cannot be repaired:
- on inside of the windshield.
- deep damage on both layers of glass.
- damage over rain sensor, internal radio antenna.
- damages that reach into the driver’s critical viewing area.
- complex multiple cracks.
- very long cracks (i.e. over 18 inches long)
- contaminated cracks.
- edge cracks and chips.
Can you fix a cracked windshield without replacing it?
When to repair a windshield
The industry standard is that if a windshield crack can be covered with a dollar bill, or measures less than 3 inches, it’s possible to simply repair the windshield without having to replace it entirely.
How do you tell if a windshield needs to be repaired or replaced?
According to Glass.com, you should replace your windshield when:
- The glass is tempered, not laminated.
- The crack is longer than a dollar bill.
- The crack or chip is deep enough that it went more than halfway into the windshield.
- The crack or chip extends to the outside edge of the windshield.
What happens if you don’t fix a cracked windshield?
Though not an immediate danger, if the crack is large, near or touching the edge of the windshield, the glass may have to be replaced and driving the car is not recommended. Driving with a broken windshield should also be avoided whenever the damaged glass impairs the vision of the driver.
How often should you replace your windshield?
Generally, if you have 3 or more cracks anywhere on your windshield, you’ll probably need to replace it. After they take a certain amount of damage, they begin to lose their ability to withstand further impacts. It may also be necessary to replace your windshield if a particular crack is around or over 14 inches.
How much does it cost to fix small crack in windshield?
Typical prices range from $60 to $100 for a single chip, and discounts may apply when fixing additional chips on the same windshield. Crack repair prices are similar, although fixing a longer crack may cost $125 or more.
Can you fix a small crack in your windshield?
Some small windshield chips and cracks can even be repaired at home with a repair kit. Apply the adhesive patch and plastic pedestal that comes with the kit.
Can you fix long windshield cracks?
Whether it’s two or 10 inches long, or somewhere in between, a crack has always been a primary reason to get a windshield replaced. Cracks, both short and long, can be repaired by filling the damage with a special resin.
Should I use my insurance to fix my windshield?
Yes, you should use insurance to repair or replace your windshield if it would cost more than your deductible to pay out of pocket for the work. If the deductible exceeds the repair or replacement cost, the insurer will not cover any of it and filing a claim would be pointless.
Will a windshield claim raise my rates?
Generally, a glass claim to repair or replace your windshield shouldn’t have much of an impact (if any) on your car insurance rates. But if you have multiple glass claims over a short period of time, it could impact your rates at renewal time.
How many windshields are replaced every year?
Facts. Auto glass technicians make an average of about US$30,000/year. 13-14 million windshields are replaced each year.