Getting a cracked windshield repaired may not seem very important to you, after all, you can still easily drive your car with a crack or chip in the windshield. You might assume that getting the work done is also expensive and time consuming.
However, there are some very good reasons to consider having your car's windshield repaired at the first sign of damage, no matter if it's a crack or chip or even something seemingly minor. Consider the following.
1. Your insurance might pay for the repairs
You may not realize that your car insurance provider may actually pay for the repairs to your windshield, and some windshield replacement companies will also cover your insurance deductible. This means that you may wind up with little to no cost out of pocket for a cracked or chipped windshield repair. Rather than assume that the cost may be too much or that you'll need to pay for it yourself, check your insurance policy or ask a repair company to check it for you, as they may know if your type of coverage pays for the repairs.
2. Repairs may be easier than you think
You may not always need to have your entire windshield replaced in case of a crack or chip. In many cases, these areas can be filled in with a type of resin that dries to be clear, so that your windshield is in good working order and can be salvaged. Many companies even offer to come to your location and perform this work onsite so that you don't need to interrupt your day just to have your windshield fixed. This can also make the work more affordable than you thought, in case you do need to pay out of your own pocket.
3. You could get a ticket
Knowing that glass repair is often cheaper and easier than you realize should be reason enough to get this damage fixed, but remember that you could actually get a ticket if you're seen driving with a chipped or cracked windshield. This can mean points on your license or driving record and an expensive fine. In some areas you may simply be forced to fix the damage within a certain amount of time to avoid being fined, but even so, considering how affordable it is and how easy it can be to have the windshield fixed, it's good to simply avoid the risk of a ticket in the first place by having the work done as soon as possible.