In the past, any damage to the windshield meant replacing the entire pane, but now minor windshield repairs are simple and cheap. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of ignoring a seemingly innocuous chip or crack. Learn how postponing professional windshield repair for your car can quickly turn into an expensive problem below:
- Legal Repercussions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a windshield to be “free of discoloration or damage” in the area above the steering wheel, approximately two inches from the top border and one inch from either side (§ 393.60). Additionally, the FMCSA prohibits broken auto glass if it poses an obstruction to the driver’s vision to the front or rear of the car. By neglecting simple glass repairs, you run the risk of paying expensive legal fines in addition to the costs of windshield repair or replacement.
- Compromised Safety
Larger chips and cracks in the windshield could impede driver visibility by either obscuring a road hazard or by simply distracting the driver. Trauma to the glass such as slamming doors, flying pebbles, extreme temperature differences, or rough driving conditions can extend the damage. If the damage becomes severe enough, it could compromise the structural integrity of the entire windshield.
- Need for Replacement
There is only so much damage a windshield can withstand before it is beyond repair—most windshield repair professionals will only work on chips that are smaller than a quarter, or on cracks that are less than 12 inches long. Generally, windshield repair costs about $50-$60, whereas replacing an entire windshield can cost several hundred dollars. Many insurance companies will waive the deductible and cover the entire cost of repairing windshield damages.
Don’t wait for minor windshield damage to turn into a larger problem; contact our mobile windshield repair specialists here at Glass on the Move today. Serving the Oakland, Berkeley, Hayward, Concord, and the rest of the Bay Area, we have the expertise and resources to provide you with reliable repairs. Call (510) 338-4791 or visit us online to learn more about our services.