Is it normal to have small chips in windshield?


Is it normal to have small chips in windshield?

Tiny windshield chips: This is the most common windshield chip, and sometimes they are mistaken for damage that might spread. This minor damage, called a nick, will not spread because it only hit your windshield hard enough to remove glass from the surface, but not hard enough to cause a crack.

What causes small chips on windshield?

A chip generally occurs when small rocks, debris, stones, pebbles, etc. hit your windshield glass. The impact nicks the glass and causes a small damaged spot. Debris being flung by other vehicles, small rocks and stones falling out of trucks on your car are just some of the causes of windshield chips.

Can a chip in a windshield be repaired?

Can all chips be repaired? Yes – most chipped windscreens can be repaired. However, this does depend on the size, depth and location of the chip and whether there is any further damage to the car’s frame.

When should I worry about a chip in my windshield?

Long Crack: If your windshield has a single crack spanning the length of the windshield, you most likely have a long crack. Long cracks are at least 15 cm in length, but they can be longer. These are the most difficult cracks to repair because of their longevity; therefore, the windshield usually has to be replaced.

Does chip in windscreen fail MOT?

As a general rule, if you have any cracks – or even chips – in your windscreen that are bigger than 10mm and are in the A-Zone (which is a 290mm area directly in front of the driver), your car will fail its MOT. A crack or chip bigger than 40mm anywhere else on your windscreen will also result in a fail.

How big a chip in a windscreen can be repaired?

Damage up to 40mm across can usually be repaired, as long as it’s not in the driver’s view an area called the ‘A zone.

Are windscreen chips covered by insurance?

If you have a chipped or cracked windscreen, you may be able to claim for a repair or replacement on your car insurance. But windscreen damage isn’t included on every car insurance policy. Windscreen damage may be included in a comprehensive policy but not in a third party, fire and theft policy.

Is a chip on windscreen an MOT failure?

Even a small windscreen chip within a driver’s line of vision could cause a windscreen to fail an MOT test, so drivers hoping to pass their MOT should make sure windscreens are repaired or replaced as necessary before an MOT test takes place.

Are windscreen chips common?

Windscreen chips and cracks are one of the most common problems that car owners face.