Hopefully, you'll never have to deal with the hassle of a cracked or shattered windshield. Still, auto glass damage can happen at any time — so it's important to know what to do (and what not to do) if it happens to you. Part of being well informed is understanding the truth behind some common windshield repair and replacement myths.
Myth #1: A Cracked Windshield Needs Total Replacement
First of all, don't assume that just because your windshield has a chip or crack, that it will need total replacement. While it's true that larger cracks and chips may warrant a complete replacement, advancements in auto glass repair materials now make it possible to repair smaller damage quickly and effectively. Using a clear bonding resin, some minor chips and cracks can be repaired in a matter of minutes — and once the repair is done, you won't even be able to tell there was damage in the first place!
With that in mind, it's still important for chips and cracks to be repaired sooner rather than later. Putting off a repair could result in the crack or chip spreading to the point that it can no longer be repaired.
Myth #2: An Auto Glass Claim Will Increase Insurance Rates
If you have comprehensive auto insurance, there's a good chance that your windshield repair or replacement will be covered (less any deductible you may have on your policy). And while claims are handled differently by each insurance carrier, a single auto glass claim will typically not impact your rates. If you plan on filing an auto insurance claim for your glass damage, just be sure to call your agent to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
Myth #3: All Windshields Are Pretty Much the Same
This really couldn't be farther from the truth. If you need windshield replacement, make sure that the new windshield is original equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass rather than third-party or aftermarket glass. This will ensure that your new windshield has the same fit and quality of your original windshield, which will also help to maintain the value of your car. OEM glass should also come with a warranty for your peace of mind.
Having windshield repair or replacement done may seem like a hassle, but with the right auto glass professionals, it's actually a quick and easy process. And once your windshield is taken care of, you can get back to enjoying the open road.