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Spring is here and, as with all Michigan seasons, you never know what Spring will bring. It could be thirty degrees in the morning, then fifty degrees by late afternoon. With temperature fluctuations like that, many drivers may see a small chip in their windshields start to spread into a major crack. As the windshield and its frame expand and contract with temperature changes, stresses develop in the glass and become focused at the windshield’s weakest point, for example, a chip. When the stresses become too great, they are released as a crack, turning a relatively inexpensive repair, into a much more costly replacement.
A Quick, Low Cost Fix
At Belle Tire a windshield chip repair is fast and easy. The procedure, done by one of our trained and certified service technicians, takes only 15-20 minutes and is a permanent fix for most chips and small cracks. An easy way to tell the difference between a simple windshield chip and a windshield crack, is by using the quarter test. If the damage on your windshield is smaller than a quarter, it is most likely repairable.
In most cases, a chip repair is essentially free to you. The customer service professionals at Belle Tire will ask for your insurance information and handle the processing of your claim through your carrier. Most insurance companies are only too happy to cover the cost of a chip repair, knowing that this will save them big costs down the road. Or if you want to pay for it yourself, the cost is only $39.95. Use your Advantage Member coupon, and it’s only $19.95.
Types of Damage To Look Out For
Here are some quick guides when identifying the damage to your windshield:
Cracks are curved or straight lines that extend across the windshield. Cracks can extend from the front and back of the windshield. They can also exist on only one side of the windshield. Windshield cracks should be repaired as soon as possible because they can grow quickly.
Starbreaks extend from a central point of damage with long cracks. This type of windshield crack can spread over time, so they should be repaired as soon as possible. Continued driving can prolong the damage.
Bull's eyes are circular windshield cracks and fractures that look similar to a target with concentric circles. These can often be repaired, but probably won't disappear completely. If this type of crack is in the driver's line of sight, the windshield often needs to be replaced to ensure proper visibility for driving. Bull's eye windshield cracks should be repaired, even if they are not in the driver's line of sight because they can quickly turn into additional cracks or starbreaks.
Chips are usually small notches or grooves in the glass. Chips do not continue completely through the glass. When chips are small, they are usually easy to fix, but after continued temperature fluctuation cycles or flexing of the car due to a vicious pothole or rough road conditions, they can begin to spread.
The Bottom Line
It pays to get windshield cracks and chips repaired as soon as possible; both for safety and for saving money in the long run. An essentially free, or very low cost fix could save you hundreds of dollars in deductible costs by preventing cracks or chips from spreading too far. Call the glass professionals at Belle Tire today at 1-800-NEW-GLASS to schedule an appointment, or just come to any Belle Tire location for your quick windshield chip repair. If you can’t come to us, Belle Tire also offers mobile service for most windshield repairs or replacements.
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