Q. If I have a window chip repaired, could it still develop into a full-blown crack?

A. Nothing lasts forever, including windshield repair. Because no two cracks or dings are alike, there’s no hard-and-fast rule about how long a repair will last.

The size, severity, and location of the crack, as well as the quality of the repair, all play a role in the life of the repair. There’s no guarantee that that three-inch crack won’t spread.

Many repairs are as strong as the original glass, but you just won’t know until it fails. Making sure you go to the reputable service center at Fathers and Sons Volkswagen will help you get the highest quality repair job. Over-the-counter kits are a bit dicey.

If the worst should happen and you do need to replace your windshield, make sure you get OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass. OEM glass is made to the same specifications as your original windshield. Aftermarket glass is often cheaper, but you get what you pay for. Inferior quality glass can be a poor fit causing whistling and leaks and, worse yet, can pose a safety risk. This is one area where spending a little more is definitely worth it. If you're concerned about your vehicle's windshield—or any other part—let us know at the Fathers and Sons Volkswagen service department.