You can purchase many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) toolkits to repair a chip in your windshield, but is that really the best option? A DIY chip repair can often cost you more money and time than taking it to a professional shop. Here’s why:

Illustration of duct tape on a windshield crack

Quality of Work

Have you heard the phrase, “it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill?” It’s true for windshield repairs as well – professionals have the experience and skill to fix your windshield chip for lasting results. If you are new to windshield chip repairs, there is a higher risk of the chip not being filled correctly and turning into a larger crack. Professional shops have the experience, proper tools, and equipment to fix the chip in your windshield.

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Timely Fix

DIY windshield chip repairs can take more time than expected when you do not have the proper equipment and tools. Once you get the tools, there are still instructions and tips to learn before you work on your windshield. Not only is it time-consuming, but it can result in the chip turning into a crack that will need to be taken into a shop to fix. This takes more time than bringing the windshield into a shop to get repaired.

Illustration of a windshield crack getting worse

Costly Mistakes

If not properly fixed, a chip can turn into a crack, becoming a costly DIY mistake. Depending on where the damage appears, it could mean replacing the windshield or molding from repairing the chip. These mistakes could mean paying more for a replacement windshield than it would be for a chip repair. Spending the money on equipment and possible errors outweighs the cost of getting a shop to fix it.

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Bringing your chipped windshield into a shop provides the convenience of having professionals fix it at a fraction of the time it takes to DIY it. It will also give you peace of mind that it will remain sealed. If smaller than a loonie, most chips can be repaired quickly.

We at ACR take pride in our workmanship and can have your windshield fixed and looking new in 30 minutes or less! Please visit our FAQ page or contact us directly for more information on our services.