Q: Is there a way to repair a rock chip in a windshield instead of replacing the whole thing?
A: Many chips can be repaired. Check your local yellow pages for a windshield repair company. Collision repair centers and auto glass service centers have personnel and equipment to repair some cracks and chips. A special tool is used to remove the air in the chipped area, a resin is used to bond and fill the damaged area, and then an ultraviolet light is used to cure it. Fixing small cracks and chips early can prevent further breakage. Do-it-yourself windshield crack repair kits are also available at auto parts stores for around $20. Follow the manufacturer instructions to complete the repair.The cost to fix a chip is much lower than replacing the windshield. Most repairs can be completed in less than half an hour.