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Deciding Between Auto Glass Replacement Vs Repair

Updated: Sep 20


Shattering the Mystery of Auto Glass Repair


Auto glass is breakable. It is a wonder that rocks, debris, and severe weather don’t cause more broken car windows. As it stands, windshields are the number 1 auto insurance claim. If a crack or dent is minor, there is a chance that you’ll be able to ignore it for a while.


However, if you have a large crack or a fully broken windshield, you will need to get it fixed right away. After all, driving with a damaged windshield is dangerous and potentially illegal.


So, should you get your windshield replaced or repaired? What are the pros and cons of both? Read on for details.


The Limits of Repairs


First, you need to understand that repair techniques have their limits. They are generally capable of fixing smaller problems. If you have a large crack running down the side of the windshield, there is a good chance that it cannot be repaired.

The location, size, and overall severity of the damage will determine whether or not repairing the windshield is a viable option. It is generally only possible to repair cracks with a length of roughly three inches. For dents, anything larger than the size of a quarter is likely unfixable. If the damage is worse, replacement is the only option.


The Cost


So, why do so many people opt for repairing auto glass rather than replacing? The answer to that question is pretty obvious. Auto glass repair is usually much cheaper. A single chip in a car windshield will cost roughly$40 to $50 to repair while a full replacement will run you anywhere from $200 to $1,500. Even though auto glass replacement is more expensive, it is a more permanent solution. The price will depend on the type of vehicle you have and where you have the replacement done. Promotions and deals might make it more cost-effective to go to the dealership or an automotive glass shop.


Repairs: A Temporary Fix?


The reality is that auto glass repairs might only be a temporary solution. Since the initial crack or dent compromised the integrity of the windshield, the crack might return in the future. This is especially possible if the repair is not done correctly. A lack of experience, an incorrect amount of pressure, or the wrong materials can render the repair to be a short-term fix. If you want to opt for the more permanent solution, the security makes it worth the cost. In the end, it is much safer than quick repairs or DIY auto glass repair kits. It is something to leave to the professionals.


Completion Time


It is also important to consider how long it will take to complete the job. After all, you might not be able to deal with the cost or inconvenience of leaving your car in the shop for an extended period of time. Generally, repairing the windshield will be much quicker. If the shop has availability, you might be able to get it fixed in a few minutes.

You will have to allow much more time for a full repair. One of the reasons for this is that it usually requires new molding. Putting in a new windshield can be tricky so technicians need to take their time. You could always rent a vehicle during this time.


Essentially, if you are pressed for time, your best option is to get the windshield repaired immediately and then replaced later. This will also depend on how easy the repair is how much driving you do. If you are often on roads where your windshield is vulnerable to rocks and debris, a complete replacement might not be your first priority. You might wait until a crack becomes severe and then opt for replacement.


The Takeaway


Dependent on your situation, auto glass repair could be the right option for you. If the dent or crack in your windshield is small, a quick fix will be just fine. If the damage is more serious, it is not something you want to wait on. Make sure that you make an appointment to have your windshield fully replaced. That is your safest and smartest option.


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