You can get almost any used auto part at a junkyard. Whether you purchase used parts off the counter or out in the yard, you’re bound to find something that fits your make and model vehicle - and in working condition.


Some auto parts are not worth purchasing at a junkyard. For instance, you may want to stay away from shocks, struts, brakes, motor mounts, or seals. These are all worth purchasing new due to safety concerns.


But what about a windshield or side auto glass? Below explore reasons you should purchase auto glass from a junkyard and some reasons not to.

Why You Should Purchase a Windshield at a Salvage Yard

Purchasing a used windshield could be an affordable option with a few side benefits.

It’s Less Expensive

There is no comparison in the price of a new windshield and a used windshield. The average price of a new windshield is $150-$300. The average price of a windshield at a salvage yard is less than $50.

Windshields Are Likely Available

There is a good chance you will find the windshield you are looking for. There are often dozens of makes and models of cars in a salvage yard. In many cases, the windshield is untouched and can be used.

You Can Install a Windshield Yourself

If you are a DIY enthusiast, you may find that installing a windshield is easier than you think. Most of your work will be in preparing the windshield and ensuring that it is sealed tightly against the vehicle’s frame.

Why You Shouldn’t Purchase a Windshield at a Salvage Yard

Although there are some benefits to purchasing a used windshield, you may want to consider the following reasons why it may not be a smart choice.

You Can’t Guarantee That It’s Safe

You don’t know the history of a piece of glass in a salvage yard. You have no idea what problems it might have even if you can’t see the problems. If a glass is slightly chipped or cracked, it could be weak from a previous accident.

Your Car’s Warranty May Not Accept It

Vehicle warranties ensure that car is performing as it expected. The warranty covers certain parts of the vehicle and will replace those parts under certain conditions. Some warranties will only cover replacement parts from the original manufacturer.


Therefore if you place a used windshield on a vehicle, you may void the warranty. The warranty may not cover a repair or replacement if something happens to your car.

Auto Insurance May Cover a New Windshield

Most insurance companies will cover a windshield repair or replacement in your vehicle. The company will pay for the service (up to a certain amount) without raising your rates. It is in the insurance company’s best interest to protect the drivers and car interior.


Contact your insurance provider and find out the terms and conditions of getting your windshield repaired or replaced.

Used Auto Parts in St. Paul, Minnesota

If you are looking for used auto parts in St. Paul, Minnesota, contact Ace Auto Parts. We have a wide selection of used auto parts for all makes and models of cars.


If you need to look up a part, you can either use our auto part app on your smartphone or contact us directly. You can call us at, 651-717-4299.