Getting your windshield repaired
Cracked windshields are always a nuisance. Whenever you are in need of glass repair, you have to resolve the matter quickly as driving with chipped windshield can be very unsafe. For repair usually a tool is used that can inject special resin into the windshield or window and thus seal the chip. Unless you the chip are sealed quickly, more cracks can appear. In earlier times a chipped or cracked windshield was only fixed by windshield replacement. Today?s technology allows the repair of windshields that would have been scrapped in the past. This improvement is positive in your wallet as it saves you money. However, severely damages windows or windshield cannot be yet repaired, you are better of looking for windshield replacement.
Whether or not you should go for repair or replacement depends on location, size and the amount of damage. Typical repair shops repair cracks that are less than three inches and chips that are quarter sized. Anything beyond this will be recommended with replacement. Before taking your car to the nearest repair shop, you should check around a bit first. There are some shops that can even repair crack that are about twelve inches long. This is why a bit of research can help you a lot. Auto glass repair also depends on the location of the crack. Cracks at the edge of windshield are very critical as they can spread very quickly and ruin the structural integrity of the windshield. They can only be repaired if they are caught in time, otherwise you will be forced to make a replacement. If the crack is in the driver?s line of vision then many repair shops will refuse to repair it for security reasons because repaired glass can leave minor distortions. No matter how small the size of the crack is or where the crack is located, you should never delay too long before taking the car to a repair shop. Leaving cracks for too long may attract dirt which can affect clarity even after repair. Major impacts or accidents usually cause the windshield to be damaged beyond repair and in such cases you will be forced to make windshield replacement.
The cost of auto glass repair is usually same in different repair shops. Repairing a rock chip usually costs around fifty dollars and ten dollars are added for each additional chip. Repairing cracks on the windshield is not expensive unless the crack is more than three inches. Most repair shops charge about seventy dollars to repair any cracks that are longer than six inches. If a crack is longer than twelve inches than it is recommended for replacement. The replacement of windshield costs much more than repairs and the cost may be even more depending on the model of the car. The cost of windshield molding kit and installation charge is also added with the cost of the windshield during replacement. You can replace your windshield directly from the dealers or from an independent glass shop. The dealer price is higher since they provide original equipment manufacturer windshield.
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