From hail or ice during a heavy storm to driving behind a truck carrying debris, there are many causes of a cracked windshield. In some cases, you may not even realize your windshield is damaged, but some cracks can be large enough to reduce your visibility while driving. No matter what the scenario is, ensuring your auto glass is in excellent condition is key. By de-crack-ing some of these myths, you will have a better understanding of auto glass repair.
Small Cracks Are Not Important
One of the most common misconceptions about windshield glass is that small cracks are insignificant. Many vehicle owners believe they do not need to spend the time, money, or energy worrying about repairing smaller cracks, since they are able to see through their windshields fine. However, this can become a costly and dangerous error.
Even a small chip in your glass will grow, spreading into a larger crack that may cause your windshield to shatter. This can be devastating if the glass shatters while you are driving. Plus, you will need to replace the entire windshield.
To reduce the risk of shattering, be sure to repair even a small chip or crack in your windshield.
Insurance Will Not Pay for Cracks
Many people avoid repairing cracks in their windshield because they do not have the money. Thankfully, your chipped or cracked windshield may actually be covered by your automobile insurance policy.
Comprehensive auto insurance will pay for damage to your windshield as long as the damage occurred from a storm, fire, vandalism, or collision with an animal. Of course, you may need to come out of pocket for part of the repair depending on your policy's deductible.
You will need to decide if paying the deductible is worth filing a claim with your insurance company. The best scenario would be to file a claim for the repairs if you have a zero deductible.
You Can DIY the Repair
If you visit your local automotive part's store, you will most likely find a variety of products that claim to repair cracks in your glass. These DIY kits may be effective for preventing chips and cracks from becoming larger, but they are only short-term solutions.
Also, if you are not experienced in using these products, you may end up causing more damage to the glass.
Chips and cracks in your windshield may be common, but most people do not understand them completely. This guide will help you crack the code behind myths regarding cracks in your vehicle's glass.