The In’s And Out’s of Windshield Repair vs Replacement

We have all been there: You are driving down the road and you hear that distinct “PING!”. In that instant you know that you have just fallen victim to a small rock from the road swooping up and hitting your windshield.  Now, you have a small ding in your windshield that you know, is going to spiderweb out and destroy your glass.  Now the question is: Windshield Repair vs Replacement; do you replace the entire glass or just fix the small ding?  This is not a simple question to answer, there are variables that will determine which is the right option for your ding, your glass and your situation.

Location Really is Everything

If the new ding is say on the top corner of the window, far out of sight, then it might be ideal to simply fix the ding.  On the other hand, if the ding is directly in the center of the driver side, then it is good to replace the window as this will decrease the visibility that you need to drive safely.

Cost of Windshield Repair vs Replacement

The cost of both options will depend on you, your circumstances and where you live.  Every region has different prices on windshield repair vs windshield replacement.  Some places will offer free rock chip repair while others will charge a small fee, usually between $20 and $50.  Now, consider the cost of a new windshield.  Depending on the model of your car and if there are any extras like a thermometer in the glass, you could be looking at $500 or more, just for the glass.

So the cost of repair is far less than that of replacement but if you have windshield replacement coverage on your auto insurance, your deductible could be the same as the repair.

Sometimes, it is best to replace the whole windshield but when you are short on cash and time; the rock chip repair could be your best option.  Contact us today and we will help you determine which option is best for your current situation.

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