What to Do With a Cracked Car Windshield?

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When you have a crack in your windshield, whether it is large or small, safety reasons should impel you to take care of it immediately. There are several options for rectifying the situation so you can drive without fear of a glass-related accident.

Self-Repair

  • If your crack is small, such as the kind caused by a pebble or other tiny object, it is possible to repair it yourself with a kit that can be bought online or at an auto parts store. These generally include a resin-injection system as well as epoxy to seal your windshield.

Mechanic Shop and Windshield Repair Service

  • When a crack has become too large to mend by yourself, you need to take it to a shop or call a service that specializes in windshield repair. Many of these companies now come to your home or business to fix the crack, using similar methods as home repair but with stronger materials. These include a glazing technique that is hardened by ultraviolet light, a process that renders the crack nearly imperceptible.

Replacement

  • If a windshield specialist deems that the crack is too large or too close to shattering the entire glass, you need to have the windshield replaced. This can also be done by a mechanic or specialist service, often within the same day that you bring your car in. Many insurance companies will reimburse you for the cost of having your windshield repaired if it is covered in your plan.

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