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Auto Glass: Do I need a repair or a replacement?

Whether you need a repair or a replacement for your auto glass depends on the severity, size, and location of the damage. Here are some general guidelines:

Chips and Cracks: If the damage is small and limited to a chip or small crack, it may be eligible for repair.
Location: The location of the damage is crucial. If the crack is not in the driver’s line of sight and is away from the edges of the windshield, it may be repairable.
Keep in mind that not all types of damage can be repaired, and repair is often more successful on small, recent damage.

Large Cracks: If the crack is extensive, especially if it’s longer than a few inches, or if there are multiple cracks, a replacement is likely necessary.
Edge Damage: Damage near the edges of the windshield or windows may compromise their structural integrity, necessitating a replacement.
In the Driver’s Line of Sight: If the damage is directly in the driver’s line of sight, repairs may distort visibility, making a replacement the safer option.
It’s important to note that damage to the rear windshield and side windows may also require replacement, depending on the size and location of the damage.

Consideration of Safety Regulations:
In some regions, safety regulations dictate the maximum size and location of damage that can be repaired. Always check local regulations and consult with a professional technician.

Assessment by a Professional:
It is recommended to have a professional auto glass technician assess the damage. They can provide guidance on whether repair or replacement is the best option based on the specific characteristics of the damage.

For windshield replacementand repair, and all auto glass repairs in Santa Barbara County, Goleta, Montecito, Lompoc, or Santa Maria call Tri County Auto Glass at (805) 963-6200 or visit us at 526 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.

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