Your car has a minor chip in the windshield, and you don't know what to do. You can get windshield replacement services done on your windshield, or you can have the chip repaired. Which is best for your needs?

In the end, it comes down to a few things: how much either service is going to cost, the damage to the windshield overall, and even where the damage is located on the car. Your auto insurance company may assist in paying for either the windshield replacement or repairs, depending on how the damage occurred and whether you have comprehensive insurance on your car.

Should you repair or replace your windshield? Refer to your windshield replacement service company for assistance while using this guide to help you out.

Your chip is in your line of vision

If the chip in your windshield is in your line of vision but can be repaired without leaving noticeable marks behind, then your windshield replacement specialist may be able to simply halt the chip from spreading using resin. If the chip is directly in a spot where it cannot be repaired without leaving blemishes behind, then replacement may be necessary.

Your chip is growing

It doesn't take a lot of stress for a compromised windshield to grow with spider webbing cracks. If the chip in your windshield is growing fast, then you need to consider having the windshield replaced. Repairs are best done if the chip or crack is brand new and hasn't had an opportunity to worsen.

Your windshield is older

Is your windshield older and showing signs of fading from sun damage? Does your windshield have existing scratches from windshield wiper blades and other damages? If so, then the windshield should be replaced instead of having the chip repaired, since the other blemishes on your windshield will remain unless you repair them as well. In this case, replacement can be cheaper.

Your costs are the same

If insurance is willing to assist with the repair or replacement of your windshield, then your out-of-pocket expenses may be the same either way. At this point, it's up to you to decide if you'd rather have a brand-new windshield or if you'd be satisfied with having the chip repaired. Your windshield replacement specialist will help you decide which option is best for you.

Be prepared to have an alternative means of transportation when your car is worked on, or schedule your car to have its windshield attended to on a day you don't need your vehicle. You'll get an estimate for how long the repair or windshield replacement will take before you bring your car in.