Frequently Asked Questions About Windshield Repair and Replacement

When it comes to repairing or replacing a windshield… we know that you have many questions. Our team of experts are here to help! In today’s blog, A1 Windshield addresses the most frequently asked questions about windshield repair and replacement. 

Do I Need a Windshield Repair or Replacement?

While it is best for this question to be answered by the professionals, there are a few signs that can point you towards whether or not a windshield repair will suffice, or if you need a full windshield replacement.  

If your windshield has only a small chip, there is a good chance that a chip repair is all that you will need. If you have a small crack in your windshield that is no longer than 2 inches and away from the driver’s line of sight, then a professionally-done windshield repair could be all that you need. If the crack is longer or directly in the driver’s view, then a full replacement is strongly recommended.

Can I Fix a Windshield Chip Myself?

It is strongly recommended that you allow a professional to handle the repair of your windshield chip, as they have the right equipment and experience to ensure that your windshield chip does not turn into something worse by attempting to fix it in the wrong way. If you are looking for a short-term solution that keeps the chip from spreading and turning into a windshield crack, you can find emergency fixes in one of our recent blogs on windshield cracks.

How Long Does it Take to Replace a Windshield?

The labor involved with replacing a windshield can take anywhere between 45-60 minutes, however you can expect to wait an additional few hours as you must allow the adhesives used in the replacement to cure and bond with your car’s windshield frame. More accurate wait times can be given by the windshield replacement team you hire for this project. 

Will Insurance Cover a Windshield Repair or Replacement?

Insurance coverage entirely depends on the type of car insurance package you carry. Most premium car insurance plans will cover a windshield repair or replacement, while standard plans typically do not. If you are unsure of what your plan will cover, it’s best to get in touch with your local car insurance provider. 

Is it Safe to Drive with a Cracked Windshield?

It is best to take care of a cracked windshield as soon as possible, as cracked windshields cannot provide adequate protection for you and your passengers. If you are wondering about continuing to drive as you wait for your scheduled repair or replacement, then it depends on a few different factors. Local laws may prohibit driving a vehicle that has a windshield crack of a certain length, or is located in the driver’s view. 

Here are some other tips and facts about driving with a cracked windshield

Have Your Windshield Repaired or Replaced by A1 Windshield

A1 Windshield is the longest operating, locally-owned auto glass repair and replacement company in Southwest Missouri. Our team of experts can handle any type of auto glass repair – whether it’s on an exotic sports vehicle, farm equipment, or your family commuter car. To learn more or schedule a service, contact us today!