Your windshield protects you from the elements, birds, flying rocks and other road hazards. When it has a chip or crack, it may not need to be fully replaced, it may just need a simple repair. Knowing the difference between the time for auto glass repair and auto glass replacement is important, as it can save you perhaps hundreds of dollars.
First and foremost, remember that damage to your windshield is serious and should be taken care of early as possible. The fact is that the earlier repairs are done, the cheaper they will be. Also, the earlier you have your windshield repair taken care of, the less likely a small chip or crack will turn into a big chip or crack that will necessitate a full replacement.
The size of the chip or crack is the most important factor in determining whether or not you can avoid a costly car window replacement. Most competent auto glass shops can repair chips that are roughly the size of a quarter and cracks that are roughly three inches long. Some shops can repair cracks up to 12 inches long, so it is important to do your research and compare shops against each other.
Just like in real estate, location is important as well. Chips and cracks near the edge of your windshield are likely to spread faster than those in the middle. While this type of damage can be repaired, Glass on the Move advises replacement in these cases to ensure that your auto glass’ structural integrity remains intact.
Knowing when to replace or repair your auto glass is important; knowing the difference can save you hundreds of dollars. Luckily, Glass on the Move is ready to help. Give us a call at (510) 338-4791, or visit us online for more information. We’ve been replacing and repairing auto glass in the Oakland area since 1979, and offer mobile windshield repair and a staff of certified installers for your auto glass repair needs.