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When does a windshield need to be replaced?

Can you fix a chip or a crack in your windshield?

It can happen anywhere, and when you see it, it’s like your whole world slows down. A small rock, inconspicuous in any other environment, but borderline terrifying as it heads towards your windshield. You see the impact, and you hear it in your bones, and once it’s over, your pulse quickens as you search for the inevitable chip or crack in your windshield. It’s there, now what are you going to do? Can you fix a chip or a crack in your windshield? Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale is here to help answer that question. While you are here, you can also check out our new Mercedes-Benz inventory by clicking the link below.

Is leaving a chip or small crack in your windshield bad?

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Actually yes, you shouldn’t leave a chip or a crack in your windshield. This is true for many reasons. Having an obstructed view of the road is illegal for one, but you may say a small chip isn’t going to obstruct anything.

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That may be true now, but a small chip or a crack can often turn into a large one that can rapidly spread across your whole windshield. It’s best to catch it early and ensure that you don’t end up with a spider web of cracks in your glass.

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Can you repair a chip or a crack without replacing the whole windshield?

A licensed professional can actually repair most small chips and cracks. Generally, chips smaller than an inch and cracks smaller than three inches can be repaired without replacing the glass, and sometimes even larger depending on the shape and location of the damage.

Often these repairs are very affordable, especially when compared to replacing a whole windshield which can run into the thousands depending on the vehicle and the technology involved. Additionally, many insurance policies offer a special exception to their deductible for windshield repairs to get you to repair it before it turns into a major problem. See your insurance provider for details.

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