Our windshield crack repair guide will walk you through what we can and cannot repair. A long crack repair is your last chance to save your original installation seal, and a costly replacement. However, repairing long cracks must meet our parameters before we accept the task, such as weather conditions and others described below. We may require you to bring your vehicles to us. If you learn your damage is not repairable and you would like to have your windshield replaced see our recommended auto glass shop for a free quote.
- Cracks not in the driver’s critical viewing area.
- 18 inches or less. The length of three $1 bills long.
- Damage occurred no more than 4 months ago.
- Single crack – not multiple (see below).
- Crack does not connect from edge to edge. (see below)
- Cracks that have no repair attempts.
Our windshield crack repair improves the appearance by 70% to 80%. Results will vary based on age, amount of contamination, location & severity of the damage. It will be less visible on the outside of the vehicle, but will be more noticeable on the inside of the vehicle because the light coming into the vehicle makes it easier to see.
A professional repair will improve the damage but just like a common chip repair it is not going to be invisible.
If you rather not see a faded line on your windshield, or want the damage to be completely invisible, then you will be happier getting a comprehensive windshield replacement. As long as you don’t mind paying the extra cost.
If this is your original windshield seal you may want to repair it instead of replacement, because an original is the best seal.
We cannot repair long cracks that reach into the driver's critical viewing area. This can be determined by placing regular sheet of paper and placing it directly in front of the drivers line of vision. If the crack enters this area, it is disqualified. As shown above.
In this example, there is multiple cracks and not a single long crack, and is disqualified for a repair. We recommend a comprehensive windshield replacement.
In this example, the crack extends from edge to edge. This is considered a broken windshield and should to be replaced and therefore disqualified for a repair.
A lease return with a windshield crack repair may not pass inspection depending on how long it is. However, if you have several months or years left on your lease, consider that it may only take a few months until another rock hits your windshield again and gives you another crack. It may be very disappointing to spend several hundred and in many cases close to a thousand dollars on a new windshield and installation only to get hit again before your lease is up. Instead, a better option may be to have your windshield repaired with the expectation of more damage and then replace your windshield just before you return your lease. This way your only spending the big money on the replacement once.
In conclusion, deciding on weather to get a windshield crack repair instead of replacement is a little bit tougher call as more damage will be visible, yet a replacement may cause air noise or water leaks if not installed properly. Here is my take on it. If I had a lease, I would repair it whenever possible and then replace it (only if it has a long crack, as windshield chip repairs are acceptable on a lease return) just before I return the lease so everything is nice a clean for the inspection. If I owned a nice car (rather than a lease) I enjoyed and like to keep nice looking, like a newer Mercedes Benz etc, I would replace it only if it had a long crack.