Should I Replace or Repair my Windshield?

One of the worst noises you can hear while driving your car is when a rock hits your windshield. It’s so loud, sending a piercing noise through your body. You feel a moment of panic as you locate the hole and see how bad the damage is. Upon inspection, you just cannot tell if you need to have the glass repaired or replaced. So how do you decide? 

 Here are some tips to consider when deciding the fate of your windshield.

What To Do

Assessing the damage is crucial in decided if you need to repair or replace. You have to look at:   

  • Size

  • Location

  • Severity of the damage

When looking at size, most repair shops can fix quarter-sized chips and or cracks, all the way up to three inches long. Think of the size of a quarter. If it’s any larger, it will most likely be recommended to get the windshield replaced. However, some shops can repair cracks that are up to 12 inches long. Though, not all stores perform this technique, so it is important to do your research. 

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Believe it or not, depending on where the rock hit your windshield plays a huge part in if you have to replace or repair it. If the crack is located at the edge of the windshield, it can spread easily, compromising the sturdiness of the glass. The sooner you get it into a professional shop, the better chance you have of getting it repaired. However, it’s in your best interest to listen to what the professionals advise.

Another consideration when looking at location is if it is in your line of sight. Having a large crack or chip in your windshield could really interfere with your driving, causing more harm then good.

Obviously, some cracks or chips could just be beyond repair. If it was a larger rock, or any large object for that matter, the only solution may be to replace it.


Understand too that if you do decide a repair is what’s needed, there will always be imperfections in your windshield, since repairs do not mean it goes away completely. Repairs are not for cosmetic purposes, but to simply make sure the crack or chip does not worsen.

As always, even though you can assess the size, location and severity of the damage, it is always best practice to consult with a professional auto glass repair company on your best options. Also, keep in mind the sooner you have it treated, the better outcome it stands for you and your car.