Chips: One is al­ways too many

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Jim Kalp is em­phatic. “Peo­ple should get a wind­shield chip fixed once it hap­pens.”

In front of him is clear evi- dence that this is a solid piece of ad­vice. A crack runs the width of a car’s wind­screen which rapidly de­te­ri­o­rated af­ter it came in con­tact with a “rock that came out of nowhere.”

“We can re­pair 100 per cent of chips that are un­der the size of a quar­ter. And your in­sur­ance com­pany will pay for a re­pair,” says Mr. Kalp, owner of Speedy Glass Corn­wall, and whose wife, Lynn, owns the Alexandria Speedy Glass-Krown Rust­proof­ing out­let in Alexandria.

Re­pair­ing a small dent costs $100. But a full re­place­ment costs about $575.

A tiny flaw rapidly grows when a driver uses the de­frost, for ex­am­ple, or tries to nav­i­gate through pot­holes. the roof thereby pre­serv­ing the struc­tural integrity of the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment and keep­ing it from col­laps­ing and crush­ing the driver and pas­sen­gers.

Tra­di­tion

Mr. Kalp is con­tin­u­ing a fam­ily tra­di­tion. His fa­ther, Vic­tor

Tiny cracks rapidly grow into ex­pen­sive re­place­ments

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