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Very small chip in windshield, is it worth fixing?

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Very small chip in windshield, is it worth fixing?

A truck hit a rock into my windshield and now there is a very small chip in it, it of course also has to be directly in my line of sight.
Is it worth fixing, it is not deep or big, about the size of a pen head. Is it even possible to fix a chip this small if I take it somewhere to get fixed? I like my car to be perfect as I plan on reselling and this makes me very upset, but I don't know if they can get fix as it's not even really a hole, it's just seems to be a cosmetic chip.
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the fix for a small chip is typically a filler they use, which never makes it look 100% original. you'll still notice it.

drive it until its time to sell and then deal w/ it then (most buyers wont care either).
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Yes, it's worth fixing. Most places can do it in under 10 minutes. If you don't you risk cracking your entire windshield.

Also, it's a chip, not sure it's worth getting "very upset" over.
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I got a chip fixed for $60 at one of those Canadian Tire parking lot windshield places, it wasn't perfect and there was still a groove in the windshield but at least it's protected against further cracking.
If you don't fix it now just monitor the chip to make sure it doesn't crack any further; If it starts to crack then just get it fixed. The bummer is that your chip is right on the line of sight.
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Brandon26 wrote: A truck hit a rock into my windshield and now there is a very small chip in it, it of course also has to be directly in my line of sight.
Is it worth fixing, it is not deep or big, about the size of a pen head. Is it even possible to fix a chip this small if I take it somewhere to get fixed? I like my car to be perfect as I plan on reselling and this makes me very upset, but I don't know if they can get fix as it's not even really a hole, it's just seems to be a cosmetic chip.
What you have is probably a pit and not a chip which isn't really repairable. It can be filled but the resin will fall out eventually because it has nothing to hold onto. A chip will usually have little spider legs. A pit just looks like a pen/pencil tip.
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I had 2 small chips in my old car, never fixed it, never had any problem.
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Samuro wrote: I had 2 small chips in my old car, never fixed it, never had any problem.
I had a small chip and the whole windshield cracked. There, now we're even in anecdotal evidence.

Why risk a much larger repair for something that can be fixed very inexpensively and very quickly?
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Well, if OP doesn't fix, we'll find out the outcome when the weather warms up. Grinning Face With Smiling Eyes
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Magoo wrote: I got a chip fixed for $60 at one of those Canadian Tire parking lot windshield places, it wasn't perfect and there was still a groove in the windshield but at least it's protected against further cracking.
If you don't fix it now just monitor the chip to make sure it doesn't crack any further; If it starts to crack then just get it fixed. The bummer is that your chip is right on the line of sight.
LOL you just paid 50% of what a new windshield would had cost. What a rip-off, $60 bucks? It used to be $25.
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MusicBox wrote: LOL you just paid 50% of what a new windshield would had cost. What a rip-off, $60 bucks? It used to be $25.
You can get a new windshield installed for $120? Where? What vehicle?
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jcon wrote: You can get a new windshield installed for $120? Where? What vehicle?
Not if you want a good job. That's such an ignorant thing to say. Some people have no clue. I wouldn't even do the install at $120
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Had a small chip on my old Jetta for like 2 years nothing. Then one day out of the blue CRACK, the whole windshield was gone.

Fix it, your insurance should cover it.
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Anikiri wrote: Had a small chip on my old Jetta for like 2 years nothing. Then one day out of the blue CRACK, the whole windshield was gone.

Fix it, your insurance should cover it.
Thanks, I will. Was the spot still noticeable after they fixed it for you or can you still tell a chip was there?
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Brandon26 wrote: Thanks, I will. Was the spot still noticeable after they fixed it for you or can you still tell a chip was there?
You can tell once they fix it. It's definitely noticeable.
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I have a 1 cm crack that's about 3mm in width (slightly larger in the middle) on the lower part of my windshield that I will not notice during driving.

It's been there for years (at least six) and it never grew in size. This was on a replacement windshield, not original Honda.
Google: "TMC" + "so....some Model S will be out of WARRANTY soon *battery pack pricing"
--> around $20k USD for battery replacement? :(

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