A different kind of artwork for sure, but not any to keep around.
The best plan of action is to get it repaired as soon as possible to avoid getting large, long cracks in the windshield. If that happens, you’re looking at a replacement because it’s pretty much impossible to fix.
For the best chip repair possible in which the windshield is left very smooth and clear, the repair should be done within a few days after the damage occurs. Left alone, a chip can burst into a pattern of tiny cracks, or grow into one long crack.
Repairing rock chip damage buys some time before a complete windshield replacement is necessary. Kind of a limited warranty. Or a band aid.
It’s tempting to think that a cracked windshield resulting from a rock chip is pretty much ugly and that’s the only issue. It may not seem like much, but it’s a lot more worrisome than you may realize. A cracked windshield can result in:
- A loss of structural integrity in a front-end crash. When a windshield is undamaged, it absorbs part of the force of the impact down to the chassis. This lessens the effect felt inside the car and helps protect the passengers. A cracked windshield can shatter during a collision placing you and your passengers at greater risk of being injured.
- A greater likelihood of injury during a roll-over accident. An undamaged windshield adds vital support to keep the roof from caving in if the vehicle flips over. A crack in the glass weakens the windshield; if it breaks and the roof is crushed, the occupants may be seriously injured.
- A higher risk of being thrown from the vehicle in an accident. If for some reason seat belts aren't fastened when a collision happens, a windshield can keep passengers from being thrown from the car. A damaged windshield that shatters on impact doesn't offer any protection.
- Ineffective airbag deployment. When a collision triggers deployment, the windshield is the backstop that makes the airbag inflate toward the passenger. The force can shatter a cracked or chipped windshield. If that happens, the bag could inflate backward leaving the passenger without protection.
If your windshield is too far gone, perhaps it’s time to buy a quality used car. Come to one of our buy-here pay-here locations in Lubbock and take a look at our inventory of dependable used vehicles. We’ll make getting your next vehicle a pleasant experience--the Fiesta Difference.