When your windshield breaks or has a crack, your first thought is typically to get it repaired, right? That’s good! But during your search to find someone to repair it or attempt to find information to repair it yourself, you will probably stumble across some common myths. The internet is a never-ending treasure trove of information–right and wrong. So, as you probably already know, you shouldn’t believe everything on the internet. But how do you know what to believe and what is just another internet sham? We’re going to help you determine the difference between myths and the truth.
These are the 5 myths about windshield repair you should ignore.
Myth: A Small Chip is Fine
There are many places on the internet where you will read that a small chip in your windshield is nothing to worry about and that you are safe. The problem with that statement is that a chip will make your windshield weaker. Over time, a small chip can also turn into a much bigger issue. A small chip can quickly go from a windshield repair to a windshield replacement, especially if you ignore it because it is small.
Myth: Any Kind of Damage Warrants Replacement
Some people say that when a windshield becomes damaged in any way, it is time to replace it. However, that is not always the case. Sometimes, a small repair is all that’s needed and you can save yourself a lot of money. Other times, a windshield replacement is necessary. A professional should always assess your auto glass once it has been damaged to determine what the best course of action is. We can help make the determination whether or not the damage is severe enough to warrant a replacement.
Myth: It Costs a Lot to Get a Windshield Replaced or Repaired
While getting your windshield repaired or replaced can cost you some money, it is probably not as much as you think. In fact, your auto insurance may even pay for most of it depending on several factors. In the long run, it is always best to go with a professional for auto glass repair or replacement because it will not break the bank. You may not have to pay the entire cost and it is worth it to know it is done correctly the first time.
Myth: You Can Fix it at Home
Many people try to fix their windshields at home with a windshield repair kit you can purchase at Walmart or an auto store. This is often a way to save money but in the long run it will cost you much more. These home kits can make the problem worse than it originally was and can change what would simply be a windshield repair into a windshield replacement. You won’t save yourself any money by fixing it at home. It will cost more in the long run than if you were to take it to a professional in the first place. You can read even more about the damage a home repair can cause by clicking here.
Myth: All Types of Chips Are the Same
To the untrained eye, all chips in windshields probably look the same, and because of this many people think they are the same. In reality, there are 6 different kinds of chips and knowing the difference can help determine whether the damage is severe enough for replacement or small enough to repair. Depending on the kind of chip, it may spread differently. A professional can determine this and help you decide on the best course of action.