Car Windshield Chips May Fail Ontario Safety


Windshield chips can be an expensive surprise for a used car buyer. To the average car owner, windshield chips are manageable nuisances if the chip is repaired well. However, for a car buyer, purchasing a used car with a windshield that has a chip or crack that “obscures the drivers’ vision” may cause the car to fail safety.

Specifically HTA.Regulation 611-Safety Inspection.Schedule 1.7h states: “(h) there shall be no star, stone chip or crack in the area of the windshield swept by the driver’s wiper blade, that may interfere with the driver’s vision;…” HTA Source

Leverage the chip to reduce the price

Windshield replacement is the last resort solution, and it can range from $100 to $500 dollars depending on the brand, installer and warranty coverage. The real cost is the potential unexpected surprise and potential leverage you could have used to lower the asking price of the used car.

The Ontario Safety Inspection is not always followed completely and some certified locations may be more lenient or overlook the issue. However, if the safety is done properly as stated by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, the requirement of a windshield replacement may quickly add to your purchase price.

The bottom line

Without a car inspection, all use car buyers should take the time to carefully inspect the windshield of prospective used cars. It is a minor problem that could be a major cost.

The reason CarCheckCanda’s car inspection service exists is to provide information on potential hidden costs. The buyer should be aware that a windshield chip, may cause complications and further costs. We are hoping to promote buying smart and avoid the risks of buying a used car without due diligence because it is convenient.


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  • Jeff


    I have a small ‘pit’ in the windshield that is about the size of a pen point. It’s too small for the autoglass company to even repair.

    The mechanic won’t pass the safety until it’s fixed. In your opinion is he being to strict about this rule? In no way does it obstruct my view. If I’m looking out my windshield and focusing on the cars and road ahead, you can’t even see it. It’s only if you shift your focus to the actual glass of the windshield that you can even make it out.

    • CarCheckCanada

      Hi Jeff,

      Garages need to be licensed by the regulating body before they are allowed to perform safety checks. Some garages are more strict on procedure to ensure they comply with regulations.

      Yes, I would agree that it is too strict. My recommendation is to visit another garage, and PRIOR to safety inspection, ask the mechanic right away on his opinion on if that chip will fail safety.

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