If you have a chip or crack in your windshield, you may be wondering if you need to have it repaired or replaced. We often get asked this question and want to provide a general guide on how to tell if your windshield needs replacing.

What are the different types of breaks?

There are three common breaks we recommend getting fixed sooner than later. If left for too long, these breaks can cause further damage to the windshield and result in a replacement.

Star Break

This break reaches outwards in a star pattern. The lines can expand and crack further depending on the condition of the break and other contributing factors such as the weather.

Bullseye Break

As the name suggests, the bullseye break is round, with the main point of impact in the middle.

Combination Break

The combination break incorporates both the star and bullseye break. This break is harder to repair and will most likely result in a windshield replacement.

When do you have to replace your windshield?

There are a few tell-tale signs that your windshield needs replacing. You should bring your windshield in for replacement if the following issues describe your windshield:

  • There is glass damage in more than three places on the windshield.
  • The damage extends to the edge of the glass.
  • The damage affects the driver’s ability to see the road.
  • There is damage to the inner layers of the windshield. (If you can feel the crack from the inside of the vehicle, it’s time to replace it!)

Illustration of two people replacing a windshield on a car

What gets covered by insurance?

As the insured, you are responsible for paying your deductible for a windshield replacement. If you have a vehicle with an ADAS system, the recalibration process is included in the replacement. It’s good to note, the fees would be waived if it’s a vandalism claim with a $200 plus deductible. You would need to provide a police report number, information on how it happened, and when you made the police report.

Why do ADAS systems need to be recalibrated after a windshield replacement?

After a windshield replacement, ADAS systems need recalibration to guarantee the cameras and sensors are functioning and correctly monitoring the road. If the cameras do not match the manufacturers’ requirements, they could misread the vehicle’s position on the road and put the driver in danger.