Are you driving around with a chip in your car’s windshield? Small chips and cracks can happen easily and are quite common, but they’re also far more dangerous than you might expect. Fixing chips early is not only safer, but it’s much more cost effective too. Often, damage to your windshield happens when you least expect it, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it. Whether you’re hit with debris from a passing truck, ding your windshield while dropping something, or suddenly have a mystery crack, make sure you get it taken care of as soon as possible.
What’s The Risk?
There are several risks to be wary of if your car’s windshield has a crack or chip in it, regardless of size. To start, you may be fined or ticketed if the damage puts your ability to safely see in question, these tickets aren’t the most common and vary by city and state, but the fees can add up quickly. If your car is inspected or if your insurance company is notified of the chip, you may find that your rates or future coverage are affected. Because chips can quickly lead to further damage insurance companies may see neglect to fix a chip as a reason to refuse coverage if the windshield is damaged further later.
If your windshield is chipped, the risk for the damage to grow and worsen increases dramatically. In months with more dramatic temperature shifts and inclement weather, especially, the risks are amplified. If the car is in an accident, the force can cause the windshield to shatter more easily than if there was no damage or if the break was fixed. This increased risk is because once the integrity of the glass is comprised, the entire unit is under greater stress and is far more fragile.
Getting The Repairs
Fortunately, having a crack repaired by a professional, like our team at Auto Stop, is easy and inexpensive. Often, your insurance will even pay for the repair depending on your deductible. Even if your insurance does not cover chip repair, the benefits of fixing small issues like chips far outweigh the minimal cost. Much like how you might wind up with cavities if you neglect a routine cleaning, neglecting a chip can lead to far more serious problems and even serious injury.
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