I’ve been driving my new-used car for the past month and just noticed there’s a tiny crack almost directly in the middle of the windshield. I have no idea if it’s the result of a wayward pebble or some other road detritus that got kicked up while I was commuting, but it bothers me. The problem is that I’ve dealt with these kinds of small chips before and, I know that if I don’t do something soon, it’s going to become a much larger problem. Granted, it may not happen for a long time, but that’s not a given. It can just as easily turn into a bigger problem very quickly. If you have a small crack in your windshield, you have three options. Each one has benefits and drawbacks and, if you’re having a hard time deciding which one is best for you, the good folks at Toyota of McDonough want to suggest that doing whatever you can to make sure it doesn’t get worse is always the best choice. Take your pick! Here’s what to do about your cracked windshield:
If you think you can live with that itty-bitty crack in your windshield, you may choose to do nothing about it. The benefit of this choice is that it’s free, so you won’t be spending any money. However, the downside of this choice is that it can get much worse, quickly, and turn into a real hazard. When you have a chip in your windshield, the structural integrity of it is compromised. Over time, even a small amount of pressure can cause the crack to spread. If it becomes a bigger web of cracks, this can get you a ticket in many states (which may cost you more than having gotten the crack repaired to begin with). The worst thing that can happen, if the cracks spread, is the windshield can collapse. This can be an extremely dangerous situation, and as such, I suggest you don’t follow the ‘do-nothing’ plan of taking care of a crack.
If the crack in your windshield is small enough, a simple repair can take care of it without the big cost of having to replace your entire windshield. A windshield repair job is much less expensive than getting your entire windshield replaced. It’s also much more convenient. Generally, the windshield repair people can come to you and repair the crack in less than an hour…talk about easy! Again, this is best done when you first notice the crack so that it doesn’t spread and weaken your windshield. In addition, if it does get bigger, you won’t be able to simply repair the chip, you’ll need to replace the entire windshield.
You may have glass coverage in your insurance plan, which may save you a chunk of change. If you don’t, but have a nasty crack, steel yourself and put out the money to replace your windshield. In the long run, it may be the safest solution to the problem, and that’s what counts.
The team at Toyota of McDonough want you to know that they understand the hassle repairing or replacing your windshield may be, it’s better safe than sorry! If you just can’t bear to wait to fix that dastardly windshield, what better solution than a new Toyota?! Stop in today and see what they have in stock!