The windshield of your car is an extremely important part of your car’s safety. But if you are like most drivers, you don’t put much thought into your windshield, except for how clean it is. But what happens if you pick up a crack, a ding or a chip? For most, repairing one of these things is an easy decision. They aren’t major problems, maybe just an eyesore that can be fixed quickly but some people just wait and do nothing. But this way of thinking can’t be further from the truth. A chip or ding can easily turn into a full-on crack and a full-on crack can really lead to trouble with your windshield and your ability to safely see as you drive. It can also lead to a full windshield replacement if left unchecked.
A car owner’s choice to have an immediate repair to their windshield usually comes down to the owner’s sense of cosmetic appeal. A dinged-up windshield can easily be an eyesore, so it is a wonderful decision to have a windshield professional fix the damage.
There really is no sense investing in a good car then just allow windshield damage to build up over time, ruining the car’s appearance. Why wait and chance your windshield damage getting worse over time if you know at some point you will be taking your car in for the necessary repair? A quick fix is the smart move and the least expensive option.
When do you consider the value of your car? This can also be another factor when contemplating how and when to make those necessary repairs. Perhaps you plan on selling your car. Allowing minor windshield damage to accumulate into something bigger, and possibly more expensive, that simply doesn’t make sense. Your cars value and your pocketbook will surely take a hit if left unchecked. Even if you don’t plan on selling your car, keeping its value as high as possible should still be a big priority. So the longer you allow this damage to fester, and possibly grow, the more expensive your bill will become as you try to get full value of your car at the time of resale.
Safety and Prevention of Worse Damage
The number one reason to get this repair completed quickly is safety. A chip or crack can interrupt your line of sight, so prompt response is key. Even if the initial chip or crack doesn’t impair your line of sight, allowing it to sit over time can allow these things to spread as they create a weak spot in your window. Cracks in the windshield have a tendency to stretch and elongate as time and weather takes hold. They may, at first, seem stable, but changes in weather can play havoc on your windshield. Ultimately, there is no way to predict how a simple chip or crack will react. One thing is for certain, they do get worse over time. Not only does this damage make your car difficult to drive as it gets worse, it is also quite a distraction to watch as it expands. Another thing worth considering, the longer you wait to make the repair, the more expensive it becomes to fix. A seemingly insignificant chip can eventually turn into a full windshield replacement. That is a bill you can easily avoid with some prompt and minor maintenance.