Whether it's two or 10 inches long, or somewhere in between, a crack has always been a primary reason to get a windshield replaced. Cracks, both short and long, can be repaired by filling the damage with a special resin.
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How much does a new windscreen cost Australia?How much does a car windscreen replacement cost? Depending on if you have windscreen replacement insurance, you can expect to pay anywhere from $250 to $1,000 to replace your windscreen in Australia.
What size windshield crack can be repaired?
Generally speaking, chips smaller than a quarter, and cracks up to three inches long can be easily repaired.
Does Safelite use OEM parts?
Our windshield replacement service uses OEM or OEE glass and an industry-leading one-hour drive-away time adhesive for a fast, safe result.
Are all windshields the same quality?
OEM Windshields offer the benefit of being identical to the windshield that was installed when your vehicle was manufactured. OEM windshields are made by the same companies that manufactured your original windshield and will match the original windshields color, thickness, fit and shape.
Windshield repair technology is a rapidly advancing industry, so the ability to repair large chips or cracks changes often and can vary depending on the repair company. Generally speaking, chips smaller than a quarter, and cracks up to three inches long can be easily repaired.
The general rule is that any crack that's smaller than a dollar bill can be repaired. Chips, on the other hand, need to be under two inches wide and not more than about an inch deep to repair. Larger damage, such as a crack spanning the length of the windshield, will likely require you to replace the entire windshield.
Is it illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen in Australia? It's illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen if the crack affects a driver's ability to see the road, or makes the windscreen unsafe.
Roughly 80-85% of Windshield Chips and Cracks are Repairable
So the short answer is that cracked windshields can indeed be repaired in many cases. Current windshield repair standards classify short cracks as less than 6 inches and long cracks as between 6 to 14 inches.
Though not an immediate danger, if the crack is large, near or touching the edge of the windshield, the glass may have to be replaced and driving the car is not recommended. Driving with a broken windshield should also be avoided whenever the damaged glass impairs the vision of the driver.
So, does Safelite use OEM glass? In a sense, they buy their glass from the world's most sophisticated manufacturers – the same guys who supply the big car manufacturers. Safelite only deals in OEE parts.
OEM auto glass will likely be stamped with the carmaker's brand name and logo. As for aftermarket or OEE auto glass, you need to tell your customers that: Aftermarket or OEE glass manufacturers are not licensed by car companies to fabricate windshields for their car models.
You can verify a genuine windshield or non-original auto glass by looking at the windscreen logo. Oftentimes, the original windscreen comes without a car logo. In this case, you can match your brand-new vehicle windscreen logo with your cracked glass.
Gorilla Glass Qualities
A stronger windshield translates to increased safety. This chemically strengthened glass isn't marketed as unbreakable or immune to scratches. But it does provide greater protection to keep projectiles out and passengers inside if there is an accident.
Typically, a crack less than three inches long (or the length of the short side of a dollar bill) can be repaired by injecting the outer layer with a clear, curable resin. However, longer cracks increase the risk of the inner lamination becoming exposed, thus compromising the structural integrity of the windshield.
It's generally not dangerous to drive with a small crack in the windshield, but damaged glass should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible for two important reasons: Windshields weakened by damage provide less protection. Cracked windshields decrease visibility.
You should avoid driving your vehicle if it has a cracked windscreen, as it could increase the chances of a car accident.
Is it illegal to have a cracked windscreen? Driving with a cracked windscreen can be considered a motoring offence. It could constitute use of a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition. The Highway Code states that drivers should have a full view of the road ahead and glass should be maintained in a good condition.
As a general rule, if you have any cracks – or even chips – in your windscreen that are bigger than 10mm and are in the A-Zone (which is a 290mm area directly in front of the driver), your car will fail its MOT. A crack or chip bigger than 40mm anywhere else on your windscreen will also result in a fail.
If the windscreen has been damaged to the extent that you cannot clearly see out of the window, it is an offence to drive it and you could be charged with driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition. If the side windows are broken, the car can be driven.