Need a new windshield? Did you know you don’t necessarily have to buy and install a brand new piece of glass? If you can find the appropriate windshield for your vehicle at a salvage yard, you can purchase that instead and save a considerable amount of cash. But buying a used windshield may not be for everyone, so it’s important to understand the advantages and potential drawbacks of taking the used auto glass route.

Pro: You Can Browse Through an Extensive Selection of Windshields

Salvage yards handle hundreds of new junkers annually, which means they have a wide selection of used windshields on hand. If you own a vehicle that’s a few years old, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to find the model of windshield you’re looking for. You may have a tougher time finding the right piece of glass if you own a newer vehicle, though, but it never hurts to try!

Pro: Purchasing a Used Windshield Is Less Expensive

On average, a brand new windshield costs approximately $150-$300. Compare that to the price of a windshield from a salvage yard — which will run you about $50 — and the cost difference is clear. Buying used car parts can save you a considerable amount of money.

Pro: You Can Perform a DIY Windshield Installation

If you’re the do-it-yourself mechanic type, you can even install your used windshield on your own! Not only will a DIY installation save you some serious cash, but it's also probably quite a bit simpler than you might imagine.

Of course, you’ll need to know how to securely attach and seal the glass to the frame of your vehicle, but if you enjoy working on your own ride, it’s not tough to learn. Plus, windshield repair and replacement are things you can definitely benefit from knowing how to perform. 

Con: There’s No Guarantee a Used Windshield Is Completely Safe

When you buy used auto parts from a salvage yard — whether you’re getting a windshield, headlights, a radiator, or anything else — there’s really no way to guarantee the part is totally safe. While salvage yard employees can perform a part inspection, there’s really no way to determine a part’s history, which may play into its current safety rating.

That said, if you’re considering getting a used windshield, it should be fairly easy to assess its condition just by looking at it. You don’t want one with any existing chips or cracks as the glass damage can compromise the windshield’s performance and your safety.

Con: You Could Void Your Vehicle Warranty

If your vehicle is still under warranty, getting a used windshield from a salvage yard is probably not in your best interest. Most vehicle warranties stipulate that you must have new parts installed, so putting a used windshield from a salvage yard on your car or truck may end up voiding your warranty. If you’re unsure what your warranty stipulates, call your provider and ask before you do anything that could potentially void it.

Ready to Find a Used Windshield? Stop By Ace Auto Parts

If you’re in need of a new windshield and you’re considering buying a used one, stop by Ace Auto Parts in St. Paul! We’re one of the longest-standing salvage yards in the Twin Cities and have proudly served the area since 1929. Feel free to use our part search tool to find the used car part you’re looking for or give us a call today at 651-717-4299 to learn more!