What To Do When Your Car Windshield Gets A Crack

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Auto glass is extremely tough and durable. It has to be since it is an important safety feature in your car. It has to withstand the force of air bags and passengers during a crash. It also helps hold up the roof of your car. It even protects you from being cut by shards since your windshield crumples when it breaks. While windshields are tough, they can be damaged by vandals or flying road debris. Here's what to do if you get a crack or pit in your windshield.

Don't Drive

If you have a long crack or huge dent in your windshield, you shouldn't drive your car. You don't really need to anyway, since you can get a mobile repair service to come to you. It could be dangerous to drive if you can't see clearly through the crack. Plus, the crack could suddenly spread if you hit a bump while driving. You don't want to risk doing more damage to the glass that makes replacement rather than repair necessary, so don't drive unless the chip in the glass is very small.

Cover The Crack

It's a good idea to carry clear tape in your car, so you can cover a chip or crack right away. Covering the chip doesn't necessarily keep it from spreading, but it does keep rain and dirt out of the glass. All you have to do is cover the damaged area with clear tape. By doing this, the repair person will have better luck fixing the windshield and making the damage invisible. Once dirt and rain get into the chip or crack, it may not be possible to repair the glass. You may need to replace it instead.

Check Your Insurance

Before you call a mobile glass repair company, call your insurance agent and check on your coverage. If your insurance covers auto glass replacement or repair, and you want to file a claim, you may need to use a service that's approved by your insurance company. First, you need to decide if you even want to file a claim. It may depend on your deductible. If you have a high deductible to save on monthly payments, it may be more than the cost of the repair job. If insurance isn't going to contribute much towards the repair bill, it may not be worth it to add a claim on your record.

Once a service professional—such as BRITE-VIEW GLASS repair—inspects the glass, you can decide if you want to repair the damage or replace the glass. If the crack is very big, you may have no other choice than to replace the entire windshield. You don't want to go for the cheapest option just to save a few dollars. Safety is the most important consideration, since the windshield could save your life if you're ever in an accident.

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