“Q. The lease on my Hyundai is coming to an end. I’ve noticed a small, round chip on the windshield that’s the size of the tip of a pencil eraser. Some friends have advised that I replace the windshield, or else I’ll be charged for this chip by the leasing company. Others have said not to bother since it’s small. I called Hyundai and they were of no help. Do you think I should replace the windshield to avoid a financial penalty?
A. In most cases, the lease agreement will spell out what’s considered normal wear and tear. I was recently looking at a lease agreement on an Audi, and it required that the tires had a minimum tread depth, paint damage couldn’t be bigger than a typical business card, and the windshield had to be free of chips in the wiper area. If this were my car, I would consider having the windshield repaired, not replaced. The cost is minimal. Some insurance companies will pay for glass repair. I’ve had many windshields repaired over the years, and the results have been very good.”
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Chances are that there is some clarification in your lease agreement as it pertains to vehicle damage. In this case specifically, damage to the windshield. If you’re in doubt, it’s best to get it repaired then to get overcharged by the leasing company. It won’t cost very much and will give you peace of mind when returning the vehicle.
Advantage Auto Glass will come to your location (within the twin cities metro area) and perform a rock chip repair at no extra cost. Don’t wait until it’s too late and that chip turns into a crack. We’ll have your windshield repaired and vehicle back on the road in no time. Call 612-343-8984 for more details.