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Do Windshield Chip Repair Kits Really Work?

Do Windshield Chip Repair Kits Really Work?

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Are DIY Kits Really Worth It?

Windshield chip repair kits are certainly cheap; you can pick one up at an auto parts store for about $10 or so. But, do they really work?

But, keep in mind, you get what you pay for. So, the answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.

While they may work, they will not turn out as well as if done by a professional auto glass technician.

There are tons of instructions online that will guide you through how to insert the filler or epoxy into the chip and save your windshield.

However, keep in mind that once you do it, you cannot undo it…..and neither can anyone else.

We have seen hundreds of customers who come to us with an eye sore of a chip repair asking if we can repair their bad chip repair.

Unfortunately, once that pit filler is inserted into your windshield, it becomes part of the glass. If you try to get it out, you could create more damage or even destroy your windshield. 

Should you try a windshield chip repair kit at home? Here are some reasons why we always advise our customers NOT to:

1- Most auto insurance companies will cover windshield chip repair 100%. No deductibles and no rate increase.

Before you spend that 10 bucks and buy the windshield chip repair kit, call your auto insurance company first. If they cover the cost, then you can get it done professionally –for FREE. (read more on free windshield repairs with your insurance company here)

2- Are you a newbie?- If you have never filled a windshield chip on a windshield before, then why try it out on your own windshield and mess it up for life. Remember, it cannot be redone. If you create an eyesore, it cannot be corrected.

3- Why not leave it to the professionals?Windshield Repair Doc is the expert at windshield chip repair. We don’t even provide windshield installation because our focus is on one thing and one thing only–windshield chip repair.

And because we have done 1,000’s of chip repairs, we know what we are doing so…. why not leave your windshield chip repair to the experts and have it done correctly? We even provide a Lifetime Warranty on all windshield chip repairs. 

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Reasons Why an Auto Glass Chip Repair May Not Work

Reasons Why an Auto Glass Chip Repair May Not Workauto glass chip repair

Auto glass chip repair – Does it Always Work?

Although just about everyone needs auto glass chip repair at some point, there are a few instances where we advise our customers not to get a repair because it may not work.

Common Reasons Your Auto Glass Chip Repair May Not Work

1- The chip runs into the edge of the windshield.– We usually recommend not getting an auto glass chip repair if the chip runs into the edge of the windshield.

If this is the case, the resin which is inserted into the glass damage, will not  seal properly and the repair will not hold.

2- The crack is too long.– When we repair a small crack (a few inches in length), we insert resin into each end of the crack and the resin fills in the crack and gradually meets in the middle.

However, if your auto glass damage is a crack which is longer than a dollar bill, the resin cannot meet in the middle and seal properly. We recommend a new windshield at this point because a repair would be a waste of your money.

3- Poor Equipment- We have seen many customers come to us who have tried doing it themselves with a do-it-yourself repair kit. The auto glass repair usually turns out to be an eyesore or the repair does not hold because the equipment included in these kits is not the best quality.

Step Away from the DYI Kits!

Don’t try to do it yourself as your mistake cannot be undone. Call Windshield Repair Doc to do it right the first time!

4- The tech is only using pit filler.– Some companies repair an auto glass chip just by smearing pit filler on top of it. It ends up looking pretty bad and eventually the chip cracks out.

Windshield Repair Doc is different than the rest because we use only professional grade resin and the highest quality tools and equipment on the market. We’ll do it right.

5- Surface chips. – A surface chip is simply a cosmetic auto glass chip that barely skims the surface of your windshield. It does not penetrate into the center or near center of the glass.

Since it will not cause a long crack nor does it damage the structural integrity of glass, we do not recommend spending your money on getting a surface chip repaired. In this case, your auto glass chip will not work because it is simply not needed.

If you are still not sure whether you need windshield chip repair, just give us a call. Many times we can help you out just by looking at a picture of the glass damage that you send from your phone. If it is something we can fix, we’ll do it. If we don’t recommend it, we’ll let you know!

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Can You See a Car Windshield Chip Repair?

Can You See a Car Windshield Chip Repair?Can You See a Car Windshield Chip Repair

Can you see a car windshield chip repair after the chip has been fixed?

If it is done properly, the windshield chip damage will look much better than before but will not be completely invisible.

Depending on the type of chip and the level of expertise of the technician, the repaired chip should become about 80-90% invisible but never 100% invisible.

How Do You Know If a Car Windshield Chip Repair Is Done Properly?

When auto glass damage is repaired, we first vacuum out any air in the damaged area if needed, then inject a professional grade resin into the chip.

The resin must be given the right amount of time to cure which depends on a few factors such as the outside temperature and cloud coverage. After the resin cures, it becomes part of the glass and will be so solid that the chip will never crack out and destroy your windshield.

If the technician is professionally trained and uses the proper equipment,(as ours do!)your windshield chip will look much better and almost invisible.

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However, if the technician simply slaps pit filler into the chip and lets it dry, then you will most likely still see the ugly damage even after the repair….And it may even end up looking worse.

Unfortunately, after the tech has repaired it with resin, it is impossible to re-do that repair. So make sure you call a company with the best knowledge and expertise to fix it right the first time.

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Why Should You Get Car Windshield Chip Repair?

1-First of all, you’ll end up saving a ton of money. A simple windshield chip or crack repair is much cheaper than buying a brand new windshield. And when you fix your car windshield chip, you’ll save it from cracking out later.

Furthermore, most auto insurance companies cover car windshield chip repairs 100% and won’t even charge a deductible. You won’t even pay a dime and your rates won’t increase. Make sure you have comprehensive auto coverage if you want to go this route.

2-It only takes about 20 minutes. It’s a simple process that is pretty quick when done properly. And with Windshield Repair Doc’s convenient mobile service, we come to you at a time that works best for you. You won’t need to leave your car all day. You can even drive your car right away or in the rain.

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A Rock Hit My Windshield and Left a Chip, Now What?

A Rock Hit My Windshield and Left a Chip, Now What?rock hit windshield

If a rock hit your windshield recently and left a chip, what should you do?

Windshield rock chips are quite common and happen when small rocks land on your windshield when you are driving on the highway.

Furthermore, dump trucks may also send small rocks or debris onto your windshield while driving behind them.

However, no matter how the damage is caused, how should you handle it?

Should I Repair the Rock Chip on my Windshield or Ignore It?

Your best bet is to fix it as soon as possible. Windshield rock hit damage will usually turn into a long crack if left alone.

How Can I Tell if It Needs to Be Repaired or Not?

A rock chip on your windshield that you should get repaired is one that penetrates through the first layer of glass. This is different from a surface chip or surface ding, which barely scrapes the surface.

A surface chip is usually only cosmetic and does not need to be repaired while most other chips do require a repair.

Read more about different kinds of windshield chips here. 

Who Pays for the Damage?

You may not be lucky enough to chase down the driver of the car that tossed the rock on your windshield and make him or her pay for the damage. And even if you do, there is no solid way to prove that it was his or her fault.

So, basically, you will have to pay for the damage. However, if you have comprehensive auto insurance, most likely your insurance provider will cover that cost 100%. It’s a good idea to check with them first. In addition, you can read more about free windshield chip repairs through your insurance here. 

How Long Can I Drive with a Windshield Rock Chip?

That’s a good question. Sometimes you can drive for years without the chip cracking out. However, it’s more likely that the rock chip will turn into a long crack pretty quickly if you don’t fix it.

 

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A Rock Hit My Windshield, Who Pays for the Damage?

A Rock Hit My Windshield, Who Pays for the Damage?

If you are driving on the highway and your windshield suddenly gets hit by a rock or other debris, who is responsible?

Do you have to chase down the other driver?a rock hit my windshield who is responsible

Getting a rock hit is a common occurrence. If the glass damage is caused by a rock or piece of debris that was kicked up off the road, then the other driver is not at fault.

However, if the other driver is transporting materials such as trash, tools or wood, for example, and that debris flies off the other vehicle and causes damage to your car, then the other driver is responsible.

It’s nearly impossible to chase down another driver to make him or her pay for the damage, let alone prove that they caused that damage.

What should you do if a rock hits your windshield which causes glass damage?

Whether the damage is the responsibility of the other driver or not, it’s best to follow these tips below:

  • 1- Get it repaired immediately. The longer you wait, the higher your chances are that the rock hit will turn into a large crack and destroy your windshield.
  • 3- Get Comprehensive Auto Insurance. If you don’t already have Comprehensive Glass coverage on your auto insurance, then get it. Comprehensive auto insurance will cover windshield chip repair 100%. The insurance company will pay the glass repair specialist directly and you pay nothing. No deductible is required and your rates will not increase.

Rock chips and dings are inevitable especially if you are on the road a lot. So, if you ever find yourself driving behind a dump truck or some other vehicle transporting materials, then do the smart thing and get out of the way so you can stay clear of any rock hits.

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