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Has your window been chipped or damaged? Read our free guide to the different types of car windscreen repair.


Types of Car Windscreen Repair and Replacement

With winter slowly setting in, ensuring your car is in perfect working order is likely to be high up on your list of priorities – especially if past winters are anything to go by.

Checking your tyre pressures, your anti-freeze and your screen wash levels are all essential – but you should give your windscreen a health check too.

Ignoring a small crack or chip now could easily lead to a cracked windscreen; all it takes is a slight bump in the road.

Sometimes though, no matter how often you check your windscreen, the unfortunate can happen and you can be left with a crack or chip that needs addressing. If this happens to you, what are your options?

Well, you’ve got several options to choose from. Firstly you could opt for a windscreen repair service.

Windscreen Repair

Windscreen repair is a quick, simple fix to your problem.

It involves cleaning the affected area and injecting a liquid acrylic resin into the damaged area of glass.

This is what many people would class as a road-side service that will strengthen the damaged windscreen, preventing it from cracking.

What’s more, this service is often free if your insurance covers it.

Secondly, you could choose a windscreen replacement service.

Windscreen Replacement

Windscreen replacement is exactly what it says it is. With services such as windscreen repair, the ‘visible’ crack will often still remain on the windscreen.

Sometimes it is advisable to replace your windscreen entirely (particularly if the crack has spread across a large area).

While windscreen replacement costs more than standard repair, you are provided with the peace of mind that your windscreen no longer has a crack on it (that could, if not repaired properly, spread further).

Windscreen Chip Repair Kit

Finally, you could choose to fix it yourself with a windscreen chip repair kit.

There are ways in which you can fix your cracked windscreen yourself.

You can purchase windscreen chip repair kits from online and highstreet retailers.

However, doing this yourself could actually cause more harm than good, so it is advisable to ask a qualified professional to repair or replace your windscreen for you.

So, if you do find a crack on your windscreen this winter – leave it to the professionals to sort out! You won’t regret it.


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Description: Learn how to know if a crack can be repaired in a windshield with expert automotive tips in this free online auto repair and car maintenance video clip.

Runtime: 2:05 mins

Video producer: expertvillage


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