Will My Damaged Windshield Be Repaired or Replaced?

Windshield crack

Every vehicle owner that’s received damage to their windshield has wondered: How bad does windshield damage need to be before a full replacement is required? Below, we’ve highlighted all the important information drivers need to know about windshield repair and replacement service, including details regarding what types of automotive glass damage requires a full replacement. 

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How Technicians Decide to Repair or Replace Automotive Glass

When assessing damage done to a windshield, an automotive technician will look at the size, shape and location of the damage. If the damage is spread too wide or has gone too deep, the structure of the windshield itself may be permanently compromised. If this is the case, simply repairing the windshield would result in too much of a safety risk, and the windshield will need to be replaced entirely.

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The Location of a Windshield Chip or Crack Is Important, Too

Even if the windshield’s chip or crack is relatively small, the location of the damage may create complications that may call for a full replacement. Damage to the windshield’s edges and corners significantly reduces the stability of the windshield. Damage on the driver’s side of the windshield is also more likely to require a replacement, as it causes greater problems in terms of driver visibility. 

Windshield Damage Gets Worse Over Time 

Even if your vehicle only has a small chip or crack in the windshield, it’s important for drivers to address the issue in a timely manner. Because the vehicle’s engine causes the glass on your vehicle to vibrate, any damage done to it will only expand and deepen with time. Because of this, windshield cracks or chips that could have been easily repaired may get worse with time, requiring more expensive repairs, or even a complete replacement. 

Get Your Windshield Repaired or Replaced at Southbank Dodge

When your windshield gets cracked or chipped, the service team here at Southbank Dodge is the perfect place to go in the Ottawa area for repair or replacement. Drivers can book a service appointment right here on the Southbank Dodge website. Have any questions for our team? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our service team with any questions or concerns by contacting us through our website or by calling (833) 384-0278.