Your Windshield Just Cracked: Now What?

Though the windshield of your car is made of laminated safety glass that won’t shatter, it still isn’t entirely indestructible. Tractor trailers spraying pebbles down the highway or falling hail can still make ugly cracks in your windshield. If you are able to take action while the crack is still small, you will be able to keep more money in your pocket.

Act While the Crack is Small

If the crack is smaller than a dollar bill, it can most likely be repaired. Even cracks up to 12” have been repaired in the right scenario. In the time between the development of the crack and your visit to an auto repair specialist, try to cover the chip or crack with clear tape to keep dirt and moisture out. You also want to park in the shade as much as possible, since the sun’s heat can weaken the windshield and allow the crack to grow.

Whatever you do, don’t ignore the problem! Unfortunately, you won’t wake up one day to find that your windshield healed itself. The crack will only disappear if you make an appointment for a repair. The longer you wait, the larger the crack will become, and before long it will be too large for a simple repair. You’ll end up needing to replace the entire windshield, which is far more expensive. Large cracks and chips can even warrant a traffic violation and prevent your vehicle from passing necessary inspections.

Does Insurance Cover Window Repair?

This answer is dependent upon your insurance policy. If you have comprehensive coverage and your glass claim is covered, then you probably won’t have to pay anything for your windshield repair or replacement! You’ll need to file a claim and wait to hear from your insurance adjuster to take the next step.

If you need any help handling your windshield issues, just call JB Import Automotive Repair in St. Petersburg. As the area’s top import car repair shop, the team at JB will provide valuable services using cutting-edge technology. Call (727) 823-5951 to make an appointment and learn more.     

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