Windshield Chip Repair FAQ’s

Windshield Chip RepairWhat is a Auto Windshield Chip Repair?

There are two types of windshield repairs: windshield crack repair and windshield chip repair. Repairing a car windshield involves removing any glass or accumulated debris from the broken area and then sealing the breakage with a special clear resin.


How is a Automobile Windshield Repaired?

First of all it is important to understand how a automobile windshield is made. A car windshield consists of two laminated glass sheets. These sheets are separated by a vinyl sheet. It is usually only the outside part of a car windshield that breaks, unless the car has been in a serious accident. As was noted above, a windshield repair shop will clear out any debris that has gotten stuck in the crack. The repairman will then apply a clear resin to fill the crack or chip. Depending on the nature of the breakage and how long the break has been on the windshield, the chip repair will clear between sixty and eighty percent of the damage.


How Does One Know if Automobile Windshield Repair is the Best Option?

A person who is unsure whether he or she should repair or replace the auto windshield should have the windshield checked by a mechanic. Generally speaking, if the crack or chip is less than the size of a business card, it can be repaired.


Do Insurance Companies Cover Windshield Chip Repair costs?

Most companies would rather waive the deductible and have the glass repaired rather than have it replaced since the cost is considerably less for a repair. Therefore, if you carry a comprehensive insurance policy regardless if you have a glass waiver or glass endorsement on your policy, most insurance companies will cover the full cost of the repair. So, if you have comprehensive coverage with a $500 deductible and your windshield is in repairable condition (up to 6 inches with insurance) than your insurance company will waive your deductible if the repair is successful. State Farm is the only insurance company (now) that requires you to have the glass waiver or endorsement on your policy for them to cover the cost of the windshield chip repair.


Will All Signs of Damage be Eliminated by the Windshield Chip Repair Process?

Unfortunately, not all signs of damage will be eliminated by a repair job, even if the job is done properly with a high quality resin. A car windshield repair job is not cosmetic in nature. It is done so that the car can be driven safely and also so the crack or chip does not run and cause greater damage.


Can I have the Car Windshield Chip Repair Job Redone if it was not Done to My Liking?

The answer to this question is no. Once the resin has been applied it will dry and harden. Once a car windshield has been repaired a person will not be able to have the job done over. It is important to realize that not all repair jobs will come out as expected. A lot depends on the size of the crack, where it is located and how long a person waits before having the windshield repaired. A auto windshield that has been damaged should be fixed as soon as possible, as this will make it more likely that the repair job can be done to your liking. Auto windshield repairs are not a cosmetic fix and will always have a small visual defect when completed. However, the windshield repair will keep the break from spreading further.


What are the Risks Involved in Auto Windshield Repair?

There are some risks involved in a car windshield repair. A repair shop can actually cause greater damage to a windshield when applying pressure to the damaged area. Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence and usually only happens if the windshield has a running crack. In most cases,  windshield repair technicians will be able to let you know if your car’s windshield is likely to be further damaged by a windshield chip repair.


Is Chandler Windshield Repair the Only Shop that Uses Pressure to Repair a Broken Windshield?

All car windshield repair shops apply pressure to a broken windshield. The risk of a windshield breaking further is determined by the type of crack the windshield has, not by where the car is taken for repairs. However, most windshield replacement companies do not share the risks involved in repairing a windshield until it is too late and there is a failed repair. We like to be up front and honest of all the risks associated with the windshield repair process.


Do I Get a Guarantee on the Windshield Repair?

Yes, you do. Chandler Windshield Replacement guarantees that if the repair job is not successful, the client will not have to pay a cent. If the job is successful but the area starts to crack again later on, then Chandler Windshield Replacement will deduct the cost of the original repair job from the cost of buying a new windshield for your car. And you are in luck, because we have the most competitive windshield replacement prices in the industry.


How Long Does the Auto Windshield Repair Take?

A simple car windshield repair job usually only takes around half an hour. Complex repair jobs involving more than one crack or chip may take longer.


Can I Wash the Windshield After it has Been Repaired?

The resin dries in a matter of minutes. As soon as the resin has dried, you can wash the car windshield.


Is a Windshield Repair Covered by my Car Insurance?

In most instances, a windshield repair is covered by your comprehensive car insurance policy. In fact, if you carry a deductible, most insurance companies (excluding State Farm) will waive your insurance deductible if your windshield is repairable (smaller than the size of a business card). State Farm requires that you have a glass waiver on your comprehensive policy in order for them to pay for car windshields chip repair.  If your not sure, just call Chandler Windshield Replacement directly or start your insurance windshield claim online and one of our friendly claim representatives will be happy to assist you further.


How Much Does Automotive Windshield Repair Cost?

A lot depends on the type of damage that has been incurred. Generally speaking, however, windshield repair costs about $40 the first time one and $10 for  each additional one.


Is the Windshield Mobile Repair Service More Expensive than In-Shop Service?

The mobile repair service is free of charge. We provide this service to make it as easy as possible for our clients to get their car windshield fixed. We provide free valleywide mobile service including Chandler and surrounding areas.


Can I Prevent a Chip or Crack from Getting Worse?

Not really. Once the windshield has been damaged, it should be repaired as soon as possible. However, it is good in the meantime to avoid bumps and extreme temperatures. Avoid using the car’s AC until the windshield has been repaired.


Can a Wet Windshield be Fixed?

No, a wet windshield cannot be fixed. A car repair shop will have to dry a wet windshield so the resin will set properly.