Doesn't it seem like as soon as you get a new windshield on your car that you get a big rock chip in it the next day? The tricky thing about rock chips is that some of them can be easily repaired while others will spread and make your windshield look like a spiderweb. As long as you catch a chip early on, you can typically prevent it from spreading and turning into something a lot more expensive.
How Can You Tell If It's just a Chip?
Take a look at the damage on your windshield. Is it just one localized chip that looks like someone took a spoon and dug a hole in your windshield? Typically as long as the chip is smaller than a quarter you should be good to have it repaired. During the repair process, a mobile repair service will come out to you and will apply a sort of resin-like material to your windshield to fill in the space. Once it has dried, it will still look like you have a chip in your windshield but it just won't spread or get any worse.
How Can You Tell If you Need to Have It Replaced?
If you are having your car inspected anytime soon then you don't want to have a crack in your windshield. Large cracks in your windshield are often considered to be an obstruction because they prevent you from seeing clearly when you are driving. Depending on the size of your cracks (typically anything large than six inches) you will want to have your entire windshield replaced. Depending on the type of auto insurance that you have, it may be covered under your plan so that you don't' have to pay out of pocket.
Once you get the payment aspect figured out, auto glass replacement services can come out to you and replace the entire windshield for you and take away your old one. All they will need beforehand is insurance information and the year, make, and model of your car.
Getting small dings in your windshield can spread and turn into something a lot larger and more expensive. Depending on whether you have a chip or a crack though will determine just how much you will have to pay. If you want to learn a little bit more about windshield repair or replacement, reach out to a shop near you today.