If your state requires you to have your vehicle inspected on a regular basis, then it's a good idea for you to take a look at your windshield to consider the condition that it's in before you have your inspection done. If your windshield is showing signs of damage — such as if you can see a crack or chip — then you might want to go ahead and have your damaged windshield repaired now, before you have your state inspection done. If you're curious about why this might be a good idea, consider the reasons below.
Prevent Further Damage
First of all, many people don't really think that a minor crack or chip in their windshield is a very big deal, and you might not really assume that your windshield damage will get worse. However, your windshield is more vulnerable than usual if it has a crack or chip that has not been addressed and repaired. During your state inspection, the inspector might open and close your doors, drive your car up on a lift, and more. The jarring from these actions can actually potentially cause the crack or chip to get worse, which could even lead to the windshield shattering. If you go ahead and have your damaged windshield repaired now, however, you will not have to worry about your windshield being at added risk of further damage before or after the inspection process.
Make Sure Your Car Passes Its Inspection
Depending on the type of windshield damage that you're dealing with, the placement of the chip or crack, and the laws in your state, there is a chance that your vehicle might not pass the state inspection if there is windshield damage present. You can help ensure that your car will pass inspection by having the windshield repaired before you ever take your car to the shop to be inspected.
Make Sure Your Car Is in Great Shape
When you have your state inspection done on your vehicle, it is a good time to make sure that your car is in good condition altogether. Then, you can feel confident about the condition of your vehicle, and you hopefully will not have to worry about having more maintenance or repairs done anytime soon. Part of this process might involve having your car's windshield repaired so that you will not have to worry about problems with it now or later.
Contact an auto glass repair shop to learn more.