Isn’t it amazing how many villages there are in this country called Loose Chippings; at least that’s how it seems given the number of signs announcing their presence.
Tar and stone chippings make for a cheapish way to resurface a road but for motorists encountering a road that has been freshly chipped it can be a worry. No matter how slowly a car is driven, the motorist can still hear those loose chippings pinging up and around the car. It’s worse when following; stones can be flicked up from the tyres of a preceding motor. It is occasions like this that can damage paintwork.
It is unlikely that a tiny loose chipping could damage a strengthened windscreen but larger stones flicked up by the vehicle in front at any time could crack or star the glass. This is one of those times when the car owner’s heart sinks because replacing glass is expensive and inconvenient. Even with full insurance, there is sure to be a premium penalty at a later date.
Yet leaving even the smallest chip or crack in a windscreen could be dangerous because the structure is weakened. At any given time subsequently the screen could suddenly break, showering the interior and passengers with glass. That’s not good.
The temporary solution is to immediately effect a DIY repair using an inexpensive and widely available kit which could be kept at home for emergency use. Note: Chemicals are involved so care is needed and the repair does not solve the problem, but at least it should render the glass safer until a proper expert repair or replacement can be effected; something that needs doing without delay. If the damage, either a crack or chip, is larger than one inch than pick up the phone and call a professional straight away. This is not a job that can be neglected and is sure to mean a MOT fail in due course.
These are a real menace because, if left, they are unsightly, can ultimately lead to rust and could even affect resale value. As with windscreens it is best to seek professional help and there are plenty of local heroes just a click away who will come to the house, but DIY jobs are perfectly feasible.
Some owners like to put a protection film across the area most at risk of chips and that can be effective but flying stones by their nature are random so it won’t hurt to keep a touch-up kit at home. The internet is awash with advice on how stone chips should be repaired but the crucial thing is, the job can’t be rushed. The damaged area must be properly prepared and paint must be applied slowly and in thin layers. It’s not a difficult job but it is a patient one.
That’s the thing about used cars
. Many, like the cars on our listings, are in tip-top condition but no used motor is ever perfect unless it has been kept in storage from new. That’s why we always give our customers all the facts about the vehicles we sell, along with a comprehensive, detailed gallery of images.