Windshield Chip Repair FAQ’s

Windsheidl Chip Repair1. What does a car windshield chip repair involve?Windshield chip repair involves fixing either a crack or chip on the windshield. A repair shop will make sure there is no water or dirt in the area that is to be repaired and then fill the hole or crack in with a clear resin.


2. How exactly is auto windshield chip repair done? A windshield crack repair and windshield chip repair are both done in the same way. In most cases, only the outside part of the car windshield has been damaged. This area is then cleaned out so that dirt and debris will not mix with the resin. Once the resin has been applied to the crack or chip, it will harden and dry. This ensures that the car can be driven safely. However, a windshield chip repair will not restore a windshield to its original beauty. You will be able to see where the crack or chip occurred.


2. a. Do insurance companies cover the windshield chip repair costs? Most companies would rather waive the deductible and have the glass repaired rather than have it replaced since the cost is considerably less for a repair. Therefore, if you carry a comprehensive insurance policy regardless if you have a glass waiver or glass endorsement on your policy, most insurance companies will cover the full cost of the repair. So, if you have comprehensive coverage with a $500 deductible and your windshield is in repairable condition (up to 6 inches with insurance) than your insurance company will waive your deductible if the repair is successful. State Farm is the only insurance company (now) that requires you to have the glass waiver or endorsement on your policy for them to cover the cost of the windshield chip repair.


3. Is windshield chip repair or windshield replacement the best option?A lot depends on how badly the car windshield has been damaged.  If the crack or chip is relatively small, (smaller than the size of a credit card)  then it should not be hard to repair.


4. Will all signs of the rock damage be eliminated?No, you will still be able to see between twenty and forty percent of the original damage. While the car will be safe to drive, the windshield will not be as good looking as it once was. A windshield chip repair is not a cosmetic fix but will regain its structural integrity when completed.


5. Can a car windshield chip repair job be redone?Once a windshield has been repaired, the job cannot be redone. The resin will harden and become part of the windshield. Once the resin has been placed on the windshield it cannot be removed, not even by another windshield repair shop. It is important to understand that a windshield repair shops cannot guarantee that the car windshield will show no signs of damage. A lot depends on the type of crack or chip that was incurred. The longer the windshield has been damaged, the more visible the damage will be after it has been repaired. For this reason, many windshield repair shops advise people to have a car windshield repaired right away.


6. Is it risky to repair a broken windshield?Repairing a cracked or chipped windshield is not risk free. To repair a crack or chip, pressure has to be applied to the car windshield. If the crack is already spreading then there is a chance that the pressure will damage the windshield further. A repairman will usually warn a client that this can happen before the windshield is repaired.


7. Is the above mentioned risk a common occurrence?It is not common for a chipped windshield to run under pressure, especially if the break does not have existing runners. However, this risk is common to all windshield repair shops and there is always a potential risk with any repair. Windshield breaks that have large legs extending from the impact point run the highest risks.


8. Can a windshield chip repair prevent further damage?Yes, it can. A successful windshield repair will prevent the crack or chip from spreading further and causing more damage and retain the original windshield strength.


9. Is a windshield chip repair guaranteed? We offer a guarantee for every single windshield repair job that we  do. If the repair is not successful, then it is free. If the damaged area breaks from the point of repair, then the cost of repair will be applied to the purchase of a new windshield. Furthermore, Surprise Windshield Replacement offers the lowest car windshield replacement prices in the industry.


10. How long does it take to fix a windshield?As was noted above, the resin used to fix a windshield dries in a matter of minutes. The average windshield repair job takes around twenty minutes, although a severely damaged windshield may take longer to repair.


11. Can I wash the car windshield after having it repaired?You can wash the car’s windshield as soon as the repair job has been completed.


12. Will car insurance pay for a windshield chip repair job? Most comprehensive car insurance policies will cover a windshield chip repair  and waive any deductible so there is  no out-of-pocket costs to you.  If you carry comprehensive insurance coverage, and your windshield break is smaller than six inches, then give us a call with your policy information and we will take care of the rest.


13. How much does it cost to have a windshield chip repair if I don’t have insurance coverage ? Most car windshield chip repairs cost $39.95 and $10 for each additional chip on the same windshield. Windshield crack repairs that are larger than the size of a business card will be $100 dollars. The reason for the cost difference is because a crack repair takes much longer to repair  and the success rate of a crack repair is minimal and we do not charge for unsuccessful repairs. In addition, we do not recommend a windshield crack repair if you are paying for the repair yourself because of the return on investment value. Windshield repairs do not fully disappear and we have very low cost car windshield replacement prices.


14. Will the mobile service cost more than bringing a car to the repair shop? Our mobile repair service is free of charge. It will not cost more to have a repairman come out to where you are than it would for you to bring the car to the repair shop. We provide free valley wide mobile service to the Phoenix metropolitan area including: Surprise, Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Peoria, Glendale, and Scottsdale.


15. Can I prevent a crack or break from getting larger?If a car windshield has been damaged, then it should be repaired as soon as possible. While you can avoid further damage by not using the AC and avoiding bumps, there is not a lot that can be done to prevent further breakage from occurring. Furthermore, extreme temperatures will cause glass to expand and unfortunately Arizona has some extreme temperatures.


16. What should I do while waiting for the windshield to be repaired?Keep the windshield clean and dry. The cleaner the windshield is, the better the repair will turn out.


17. Can a wet windshield be repaired. A wet windshield cannot be repaired. The resin will not set properly if the windshield is wet. If your scheduled to have a windshield chip repair done on a rainy day please keep it under cover so that it can be repaired successfully.