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.
Why are windshields so expensive now?
At the end of the day, the cost to replace a modern windshield is a lot higher than most people realize, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. The advanced safety features that are in most vehicles in 2020 are designed to keep us safer on the road, but are also costing us more when it comes to vehicle repairs.
Why are new windshields so expensive?
As with all products, demand weighs heavy on price determination. The less a windshield is needed, the more expensive it will be. The same goes for the other way around, the more one is needed, the less it will cost. This all plays into mass production and large scale purchasing.
Can you drive with a cracked windscreen Australia?
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.
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.
Reasons to Replace Your Windshield
A cracked or chipped windshield will lower the value of the car. Whoever buys it from you is going to have to take on that repair, and they're going to subtract that cost from whatever you're asking for the vehicle.
The Safelite glass quality is generally satisfactory, though. When it comes to OEM glass vs Safelite, you have better assurance of almost par Safelite windshield quality with the original glass, but not necessarily at 100%. Nonetheless, they offer a lifetime warranty for added assurance.
A perfect storm of various factors created the glass shortage: labor issues, the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
You should avoid driving your vehicle if it has a cracked windscreen, as it could increase the chances of a car accident.
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.
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.
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.
This is because a dealership will need to replace the windshield before they sell the car. A general rule of thumb, it is worth it to replace the windshield on your car yourself if you plan on trading your car in or selling it to a dealership.
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