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Old 01-18-2022, 05:52 PM   #1
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Any of y’all use those chip repair places for windshields? Does it work, or should I plan on a new windshield altogether?


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Old 01-18-2022, 05:55 PM   #2
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I have had good results with them. As long as it is just a chip.
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Old 01-18-2022, 05:58 PM   #3
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I have done the DIY kit twice, One came out perfect, the other not as good, The not so good one has not cracked and it's been a few years.
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Old 01-18-2022, 05:59 PM   #4
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They work. Fixed a chip years ago that never opened up.
Ignored one this year and the first time I turned on the defrost it spread across the whole windshield.
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:01 PM   #5
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Good to know, thanks. Occasionally the easy way out is actually easy...
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:20 PM   #6
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My insurance covers it, no charge.
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:25 PM   #7
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My insurance covers it, no charge.
To expound on this, it doesn’t matter what your deductible is, it could be a $1000, and if you have “other than collision coverage” then your insurance will pay for the chip repair. No cost to you.
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:44 PM   #8
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They work and it's free with your insurance. A new windshield will not be free. No brainer.
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:48 PM   #9
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Do windshield chips bother folks? I didn't know this was a thing honestly. I've never owned a vehicle without a chip in the windshield lol. Owned vehicles for 30yrs and never knew any different........learn something every day I suppose
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:54 PM   #10
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Do windshield chips bother folks? I didn't know this was a thing honestly. I've never owned a vehicle without a chip in the windshield lol. Owned vehicles for 30yrs and never knew any different........learn something every day I suppose
If you fill the chip it won't run on you in the summer sun or whe. You turn the defrost on in the winter. Iv had 2 done with good luck and I know my dad has had 1.
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Old 01-18-2022, 06:54 PM   #11
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Free chip repair and have them put you a new pair of wiper blades on when they repair it.

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Old 01-18-2022, 06:56 PM   #12
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Do windshield chips bother folks? I didn't know this was a thing honestly. I've never owned a vehicle without a chip in the windshield lol. Owned vehicles for 30yrs and never knew any different........learn something every day I suppose
Some folks aren’t tightwads and prefer to keep their things nice
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Old 01-18-2022, 07:01 PM   #13
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All. The. Time.

Get those chips repaired before they spread into a crack. On every occasion but one, the repair yielded a clear and seamless finish. Whether your insurance covers it or not, a chip repair is always less expensive than a windshield replacement.
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Old 01-18-2022, 07:07 PM   #14
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Some folks aren’t tightwads and prefer to keep their things nice
I understand that, but do they actually cause problems? I've never had a windshield shatter due to one. Maybe I've been lucky, and yes I'm a tightwad
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Old 01-18-2022, 07:35 PM   #15
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Safelite repairs. Safelite replaces. You should have this jingle in your head!! Lol. Safelite is who I use.
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Old 01-18-2022, 08:05 PM   #16
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I understand that, but do they actually cause problems? I've never had a windshield shatter due to one. Maybe I've been lucky, and yes I'm a tightwad
By problems, usually a rock chip ends up streaking out.
The filler usually makes the chip go away to a large degree. But also presents it from that long crack forming.

I guess if it doesn't bother you, it's not a big deal. I can't stand it myself. I'll get a new windshield after a while.
Kinda like the folks that don't clean their windshield at all. Has bugs all over it. I like to clean mine. But no, it won't shatter in your face if you don't get it fixed.
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Old 01-18-2022, 08:13 PM   #17
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I have had 2 chips fixed and covered. No issues and was happy
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Old 01-18-2022, 08:17 PM   #18
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I just had this done to my truck. The spot of intact is visible but the surrounding cracks are gone. So far, so good.
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Old 01-18-2022, 08:51 PM   #19
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I have had several done. It will prevent the cracks from running when it gets hot or when you slam your doors. Get it done before dust and dirt gets into the chip. It helps. Comprehensive coverage on insurance will cover the cost.
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Old 01-18-2022, 09:01 PM   #20
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I haven’t used the windshield repair places but have done 2 of the DIY kits. One turned out flawless and the other wasn’t as flawless but still pretty good. I would probably have to tell somebody it was there for them to notice.


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Old 01-18-2022, 09:11 PM   #21
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I understand that, but do they actually cause problems? I've never had a windshield shatter due to one. Maybe I've been lucky, and yes I'm a tightwad
The biggest problem comes when it cracks across your field of view and won't pass inspection. Then you're out the cost of a new windshield.
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Old 01-18-2022, 09:19 PM   #22
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I've gone the DIY way as well and it all turned out fine...follow the instructions and take your time.
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Old 01-19-2022, 03:21 AM   #23
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I always use a guy locally when I notice a chip or a crack starting. I pay cash! I use my truck at work so it happens more often than most. Still the original windshield on my ‘12. Word of caution about using your insurance. When I was getting quotes for new vehicles insurance around town half or more wouldn’t even talk to me because I had three “claims” within a certain time period. They said I was high risk because the window chip repairs come up as “claims” in their system.


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Old 01-19-2022, 08:19 AM   #24
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I always use a guy locally when I notice a chip or a crack starting. I pay cash! I use my truck at work so it happens more often than most. Still the original windshield on my ‘12. Word of caution about using your insurance. When I was getting quotes for new vehicles insurance around town half or more wouldn’t even talk to me because I had three “claims” within a certain time period. They said I was high risk because the window chip repairs come up as “claims” in their system.


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As an insurance agent for the past 39 plus years, I can tell you what my carriers will do. We can see your previous claims and see just how much was paid, and if it was coded correctly by your insurance claims department, we can tell it was a comprehensive claim. We don’t hold those against you, and would not have a problem writing your coverage. Now your agent might have to explain to the home office underwriter that these were just glass claims, but I’ve never had an underwriter turn down the business once they know it was simply glass repairs.
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Old 01-19-2022, 08:28 AM   #25
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The biggest problem comes when it cracks across your field of view and won't pass inspection. Then you're out the cost of a new windshield.

Dont think the windshield is part of the inspection.
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Old 01-19-2022, 08:32 AM   #26
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Check out Clear Vu on west 82nd. That is where I take our vehicles to. Always have had good results.
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Old 01-19-2022, 08:32 AM   #27
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For the DIY guys, how long does it take to typically fix a 'chip'? I'm assuming you can get the kits at your local parts store?
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Old 01-19-2022, 08:40 AM   #28
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Dont think the windshield is part of the inspection.
I think you are correct on this. I have had several truck pass with global cracks. :-).
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Old 01-19-2022, 09:02 AM   #29
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I think you are correct on this. I have had several truck pass with global cracks. :-).

I guess I'm wrong on my post after doing some looking.
Back when I learned all this stuff, it was considered obstructed field of view.
Times change.
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Old 01-19-2022, 09:20 AM   #30
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Be cautious using the insurance. State Farm told me that each of these chip repairs count as incidences against your auto insurance. I stopped doing chip repair and just find an inexpensive windshield replacement company when the cracks or dings get too bad.
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Old 01-19-2022, 09:30 AM   #31
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I guess I'm wrong on my post after doing some looking.
Back when I learned all this stuff, it was considered obstructed field of view.
Times change.
You are correct, obstructed view will fail on inspection.
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For the DIY guys, how long does it take to typically fix a 'chip'? I'm assuming you can get the kits at your local parts store?
30 mins tops...bought the kits on Amazon.
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30 mins tops...bought the kits on Amazon.
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You are correct, obstructed view will fail on inspection.

Tmag---

That's a breath of fresh air. Thanks for the clarification. I thought I was losing it.
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Old 01-20-2022, 07:28 AM   #35
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The windshield is NOT an item of inspection. However, the windshield wipers are. Be sure that the crack does not cause the wipers to tear and that the crack has not caused the windshield to become concave or convex so the wipers lose contact with the windshield.
A failed inspection may also result if a damaged windshield creates a significant visibility issue for the driver.
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Old 01-20-2022, 09:49 PM   #36
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Anyone recommend a repair place near Weatherford or West Ft Worth?
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:48 AM   #37
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Those who have DIY'd the chips, will one kit do more than one chip, or do you need a kit for each chip?
OP, thanks for starting this thread!! I put a brand new VERY high dollar windshield in my truck about 3 months ago, and it already has three stone dings in it!!
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Old 01-21-2022, 08:59 AM   #38
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I just use super glue and put a small piece of plastic on it, then scrape it off with a razor blade after it dries.
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