Tiny pebbles, construction debris, and other small rocky items can penetrate the windshield of your car, truck, or SUV. The penetrations, however, are often tiny and do not cause extensive damage to the glass.


Should we repair the chips or replace the entire windshield if there are enough chips across the glass surface?


If you bring your car to our Only 1 Auto Glass service center, our technicians can assess the damage and recommend either a windshield repair or replacement. We will base our assessment on the overall condition of the windshield and how the safe the glass is while you are driving.


Below, we look at the options available to you to help you make a decision. If you have any questions about rock chip repair or want to schedule auto glass service, then feel free to call us at 651-789-1111.

Option 1: Rock Chip Windshield Repair

When you bring your car into our service center, we will inspect the damage to determine if reparation is the best course of action. We consider several factors to determine if windshield repair is your best option such as:


●        The chip or crack covers an area that is less than six inches. If the crack is larger than six inches, it has the potential to expand. This will cause the glass to become unstable.

●        If the windshield has sustained three or fewer chips, the entire surface can be repaired.

●        The damage is not on the edge of the windshield where it is the most vulnerable.

Option 2: Rock Chip Windshield Replacement

If there are enough rock chips spread across the windshield, your best long-term choice is a full windshield replacement. While it may cost more to replace the windshield, We’ll recommend a replacement so that your care is safer to drive. Too many rock chips can affect your vision and make it more difficult to see the road.

Always Consider the Safety of Your Passengers

Windshield Damage is a safety issue. This is especially true if the chips are directly in your line of sight when you are looking forward. There are other concerns as well. For example, anyone riding in your car is vulnerable, because damaged glass makes the entire windshield unstable. The slightest impact could shatter the surface and injure someone in the car. With this in mind, safety should always be your greatest concern when deciding whether to repair or replace your windshield.

Your Insurance Will Cover Repair or Replacement

The new is that your auto insurance should cover either a repair or a replacement. Your insurance company may even pay for the replacement without raising your insurance rates. Many insurance companies in Minnesota offer this service at no additional cost. Check with your insurance provider to find out what your policy covers. 


If you are unsure which route to take, then bring your car into Only 1 Auto Glass. Our skilled technicians can evaluate the damage on the glass and then help you make the best decision. We service all makes and models of cars both foreign and domestic. We offer full chip repair and windshield or side window replacement.


To find out more about the services and products we offer or to schedule an auto glass repair or replacement, contact us at 651-789-1111. You can also message us on our contact page.