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It's a well known fact that car windshields - even though made of toughened glass – are vulnerable to chips and cracks. A windshield can get damaged from a simple stray of stone or even of small similar object strikes it.
Never ignore or neglect chip or a crack that was caused to a flying object. It is important that you remember that chip repair if postponed, can spread over an auto windshield, especially during extreme cold weather conditions. In addition, the small cracks can accumulate dust over time and make repairs even more difficult.
Due to advancements in glass technology these days, chips and scratches to auto windshields can be fixed. Today, several solutions exist in the market for repairing auto windshields based on PRISM (pre-resin injection suspension method). This repair process will take less than an hour even for large chips on windshields.
A windshield chip repair can be performed by the vehicle owner without outside professional help. There are several 'Do it yourself' kits available in the market.
These kits usually contain a resin compound that is used as filler, along with injectors that will fill the crack with the resin.
Such DIY solutions usually come along with a user manual and an instructional video.
As windshield replacement is expensive, most technicians undertake windshield crack repairs. Even insurance companies accept claims towards windshield chip repairs.
In fact, there are insurance companies that waive the client's deductible should the owner opt for chip repair instead of total replacement.
You need not be unduly worried about a windshield chip repair. If you choose to repair your windshield, it will keep the integrity of the original manufactures seal. Most windshield chip repair shops leave the original manufactures seal around the glass intact.
Auto safety standards stipulate that a motorized automobile must have a windshield that will not affect the driver's ability to steer safely.
It's imperative you know that even though replacement is extremely costly, not all auto glass shops can guarantee that a repaired chip shall not spread in the future.
Check with your vehicle dealer as more and more windshields tend to have a warranty for a limited period and can sometimes even be replaced free or charge if they are broken.