Windshield Pit or Chip… What’s the Difference?

Windshield Pit or Chip... What's the Difference?

Windshield damage can be anything from a pit or chip to a crack or full blown breakage. This article describes the difference between a pit and a chip, as well as recommendations for repair or replacement.

Windshield Pit Damage

Windshield pitting is minor windshield damage caused by sand or other small debris colliding with your windshield at high speeds. Pit damage has no effect on the plastic middle layer of your windshield. A windshield pit may be barely noticeable, but under magnification, it looks like a little crater or tiny scoop out of the surface of your windshield. Over the course of time, thousands of these pits can take a toll.

Extensive pitting can pose a driving hazard and compromise the strength of a windshield. When light hits a pitted windshield the tiny craters send the light waves in different directions, causing some distortion, or in some cases, temporarily blinding the driver.

Windshield Chip Damage

A chip is similar to a pit in that it is small damage on a windshield, but it looks more like a bullseye or spider web. Chip damage can extend into the plastic middle layer of your windshield. Like pitting, chip damage can pose a driving hazard and compromise the strength of a windshield.

Windshield chip repair can be successfully achieved, provided the tiny cracks do not extend out too far. The only way to know for sure, however, is to have your windshield examined by a qualified technician.

Insurance Coverage for Pits and Chips

Unfortunately, vehicle insurance doesn't cover pitting, because it is considered normal wear and tear. Pitted windshields cannot be properly repaired, although you may find erroneous information online telling you otherwise. Windshield replacement is the only acceptable option.

If you have comprehensive coverage and no deductible, your insurance should cover the cost of chip repair. Some insurance companies will wave the deductible for windshield repair. Feel free to contact us for help with insurance claims. All we need is some basic information:

  • VIN
  • Insurance Policy number
  • Vehicle make, model, and year
  • Details regarding the damage (including the date when it occurred)

It's that simple! We'll handle the rest.