Ask A Technician: What Should I Do About My Chipped Windshield?

Cracked WindshieldQ. If I have a window chip repaired, could it still develop into a full blown crack?

A. Nothing lasts forever, including windshield repair. Because no two cracks or dings are alike, there’s no hard and fast rule about how long a repair will last.

The size, severity and location of the crack, as well as the quality of the repair, all play a role in the life of the repair. There’s no guarantee that that three-inch crack won’t spread.

Many repairs are as strong as the original glass, but you just won’t know until it fails. Making sure you go to a reputable shop will help you get the highest quality repair job– your dealer is a good choice if you have a new car. Over-the-counter kits are bit dicey.

If the worst should happen and you need to replace your windshield, make sure you get OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass. OEM glass is made to the same specifications as your original windshield. Aftermarket glass is often cheaper, but, unfortunately, you get what you pay for. Inferior quality glass can be a poor fit causing whistling and leaks and, worse yet, it can pose a safety risk. This is one area where spending a little more is definitely worth it. But you don’t necessarily have to break the bank if you come to Crown Nissan of Greenville’s service department. We have certified master technicians and service specials to help get you on the road quickly without spending too much. So stop by our dealership or give us a call at (866) 928-1133 today!

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