Repair or Replace: Dealing with a Giant Windshield Crack?

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Michael Lee asked 3 months ago
I've got a giant crack on my windshield and I'm not sure whether I should repair it or replace it. If repairing is the better option, are there any specific recommendations or methods I should follow? Your advice would be greatly appreciated!
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 3 months ago
Hi there, Michael! When it comes to a large crack in your windshield, the general consensus is that replacement is usually the safer and more effective option. Repairing a windshield is typically feasible for small chips or cracks, but larger cracks, especially those that reach the edges of the windshield, can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. Here are some points to consider:
  1. Insurance Coverage: Check if your insurance policy covers windshield damage. Some policies offer low or no deductible for windshield replacement.
  2. Cost Considerations: If insurance doesn't cover it, the cost for windshield replacement can vary. It's usually between $100 to $200, but can be higher depending on your vehicle model and the quality of glass.
  3. Safety Concerns: The windshield is a crucial structural component of your car. A damaged windshield can affect the effectiveness of airbags and the overall safety in case of an accident.
  4. State Regulations: Some states have specific regulations regarding windshield cracks and vehicle inspections. Make sure you're compliant with these laws to avoid fines or failed inspections.
  5. Quality of Replacement: Choose a reputable auto glass service for the replacement. The quality of glass and the installation process are important for your safety.
  6. Long-Term Solution: While a repair might seem like a cost-effective solution now, a replacement is often more durable and safe in the long run.
Remember, driving with a compromised windshield is not just a safety risk for you, but also for others on the road. It's always better to err on the side of caution. Stay safe on the roads! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team