Very small rock chip in windshield

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  1. web1b

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    A rock hit the windshield and caused a very small chip the size of the head of a nail (or less). At what size does a chip need repairing?
    I scheduled a repair from a national windshield repair chain for tomorrow, but I'm having seconds thoughts because the minimum charge is over $120 after taxes and the repair job might look worse than leaving it as it is.
    My insurance company no longer offers the waived deductible for windshield repair.
    It's a very small chip, so the only reason to repair it would be to stop it from growing (if it even has the potential to grow).
     
  2. The Electric Me

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    I'd repair it. Most chips start out small...it is the potential for growing damage you want to head off. Plus in my experience the repair looks better than the chip. $120 seems high. You want a reputable place, but I might search around and see if you can find a better price.

    There are self repair kits available, both online and at automotive places. But if you are worried about execution and looks, I speculate that isn't an option you want to pursue.
     
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    I have about ten or so that size and all is fine (every winter I get more). If you see any web-like cracks heading out, get it fixed. In the past, I have used nail polish to fill in the dimple and it seems to help those smaller dings.
     
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    Yeah, but the problem is by the time you see web like cracks heading out, it's often too late to fix. At that point "fix" means new windshield.

    A picture would be helpful here. I ignore very small, dings...but if something is a significant "chip" not just a single point small penetration I'd recommend repair.

    I think $120 for a single chip repair sounds high, Wal-Mart used to sell an windshield repair kit for less than $15.00...

    Local windshield places here advertise chip repair for less than $40..
     
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    It is a very, very small chip the size of the head of a very small nail or even the head of a pin. I can only see it easily when driving towards the sun and the light reflects off it. It probably would not even show up on a photo without an extreme close-up that would be out of focus.
    I'm thinking of cancelling the appointment tomorrow morning before they show up.
     
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    In that case, if it isn't bugging you, I'd change my advice, and say just live with it....
     
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    I will probably fix it just to make sure it never spreads and so it doesn't catch the light when driving towards the sun and annoy me.

    $120 is just to much money for something so tiny. I will either get a DIY kit or find a much cheaper service.
     
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    I would fix it. I had something like that once and I procrastinated. Once it started to spread, there was no going back. Like cavities on teeth, it's cheaper to fix when they are small.
     
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    Alrighty then!...There you have it...

    Good Luck.