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Deciding whether a repair or replacement is necessary for your windshield

“A chip or crack in your windshield isn’t the end of the world, but it can lead to a frustrating ordeal if it’s not addressed properly and in a timely manner. Not only can a damaged windshield get you pulled over and ticketed in some states, but it can also affect how advanced safety systems operate in modern vehicles. There are options for both repairing and replacing a damaged windshield, and to find out which is right for you, we asked the experts at Safelite AutoGlass®.

If your windshield has less than three chips or a crack that is six inches or smaller, it can usually be repaired, which saves both time and money compared to a full windshield replacement. Some auto glass repair companies claim to be able to repair windshield cracks larger than six inches. However, in Safelite’s experience, the larger the damage, the higher the chance you’ll get an unsatisfactory repair. Since the size of the chip matters in terms of being able to repair it, you’ll want to take care of small chips or cracks as soon as possible before they grow to a size that requires replacing the whole windshield.”

Read more about what to do with a cracked windshield here.

If a repair is possible, the process is usually pretty quick. In most instances, a windshield repair can be done in 30 minutes or less. Obviously the cost to repair a winshield will be much more inexpensive than a replacement. However, even if there is a small chip or crack, if it is in front of a camera or sensor a replacement may be the only option.

The team at IAS Auto Glass provides Twin Cities area residents with auto glass repair and replacement service. We will even come to you at no extra cost! Call us at 952-797-4374 to schedule service or visit our auto glass page for additional details.