Myths About Windshield Cracks and Replacement
Windshields are a vital component to your car. After all, they keep bugs from exploding on your face and keep you safe from other flying debris that can cause you harm.
So what should you do if you get a chip or crack in your windshield? Granted there is a lot of information out there about what to do, but unless you are talking with an ASE certified technicians you are likely getting misinformation.
Here are some myths about windshield cracks that you should know.
Auto Glass Replacement Equals Increased Insurance Rates
Yes, it is true that insurance companies raise their insurance rates when you make a claim. However, windshield replacement that is covered by most insurance companies does not. The reason insurance companies don’t raise your rates when repairing or replacing your windshield is because they understand that if you drive around with a broken windshield you are more likely to be involved in an accident that could costs the insurance company thousands of dollars.
All Windshield Replacement Companies are the Same
This myth couldn’t be further from the truth. You can tell the difference from a professional window tech to an amateur. When interviewing windshield replacement companies you want to make sure they are licensed and provide fast and friendly service. Some companies offer free mobile services while other require you to bring your vehicle to their shop.
You Should Replace your Windshield if it is Damaged
It depends! Windshield chips or cracks that are smaller than a quarter can usually be repaired with a filling agent. Chips or cracks larger than a quarter are more likely to spread, even if filled, and should be replaced.
It’s Okay to Drive With a Cracked Windshield
In the state of Oklahoma, the law clearly states that windshields with shot damage or star breaks that are greater than three inches in diameter must be replaced. It is also illegal to drive a vehicle that has two or more hairline or stress cracks that equal 12 inches or more when combined.
I Can Repair My Windshield Myself
Sure, you can buy repair kits at the automotive store for the smaller cracks and chips. However, for windshield replacement you should always hire a professional to ensure the windshield is installed properly.