When your car’s windshield has chips and dings, or cracks, or more extensive damage, you’ve likely wondered how to tell if the repair potentials you’ve seen advertised might apply or if you need a full windshield replacement. The reason the concept seems so befuddling is there really is no clear and easy answer. Whether or not a crack can be repaired depends on the size and how soon the issue is addressed. Chips and dings can typically be repaired, unless there are enough to make it more economical to conduct a full replacement. Modern technology embedded in the window adds a new element to the repair process and changes what traditionally determined whether a repair or replacement was necessary.
If you’re like most drivers, you’ve probably driven a car with a cracked windshield before. It may not have seemed like a big deal, as windshield cracks often aren’t a problem that requires an immediate resolution. On the other hand, if you’ve ever seen a windshield crack get bigger over time or result in an utter failure as the window degenerates into uselessness, you understand how important it is to conduct routine maintenance and have a windshield repaired or replaced as needed.
Are you about to sell your car? When selling a vehicle you're often confronted with a decision: should you fix things with the car before selling or should you simply sell it as is? While there are some things that may be better left to the new owner -- such as minor scratches and dents -- a windshield is a more critical repair.