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Should you repair cracks in windshields?

June 08, 2011
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Many systems also offer the ability to repair cracks in windshields, but it is an issue open to debate from both a safety and an economic point of reference.

While the National Glass Association has been studying this issue of crack repair, it still is not settled. One should exercise good judgment in determining if windshield cracks should be repaired.

Insurance companies and auto manufacturers agree that it is best to repair only smaller chips that are not in the driver’s line of vision, and the insurance companies will not pay to have cracks repaired.

Repairing cracks or larger breaks is “up in the air.” Cracks can be repaired by creating a chip at the end of the crack to stop the crack from spreading. Then a thinner resin is forced into the crack line. Most experts believe that this type of repair should not be performed, since the crack is actually still there, and often, can still be seen.

From an economic point of view, repairing larger cracks takes much longer, so your profit is lessened, unless you charge more and doing this may make it cheaper for the customer to replace the windshield.

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