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Repairing vs. replacing a cracked windshield
Many windshields have fallen victim to a stray pebble or stone flying at high speeds along the highway. Most minor damages can be easily fixed thanks to modern glass repair techniques, but even a small crack can grow over time, due to bumps or aggravation from the road, necessitating an entirely new windshield. Here are some car shopping tips on deciding whether you should repair or replace your damaged windshield.
The largest factors in determining the fate of your glass are the size and location of the damage, according to MSN.com. Cracks up to three inches in size can often be repaired easily and affordably by most auto shops. Some repair shops can handle cracks up to a foot long, which is still preferable to complete replacement.
Technicians repair the window by applying a clear resin that can be polished to match the windshield, according to CarMarket.com. The visual effect isn't perfect, but the resin will ensure that the damage does not spread to the rest of the windshield.
However, if the damage appears in the corner of the frame or is too large to be repaired, replacing your windshield is the only available option. Consult your auto dealer, repair shop or insurance company for specific information on your vehicle's damage.