Is Buying Used Auto Glass a Good Idea?

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Should You Buy Used Auto Glass?

Auto glass all over the vehicle, your windshield, your rear windshield, side mirrors, side windows, and rearview mirror all serve as protection for the full vehicle from the elements and is a vital part of your vehicle and safety. Unfortunately, we can all be victims of vandalism or natural disasters. You go out to your car one morning and your rear windshield and back windows have been shattered. Your rearview mirror has mysteriously fallen off and shattered. It’s not only front windshields that experience damage! Buying used auto parts for your vehicle is probably the cheapest way to replace parts, and it is often the same case with used auto glass.

However, is it worth it? The short answer: sometimes, especially when replacing side windows and side mirrors. Today we take a deep dive into used auto glass. What are some of the pros and cons of buying auto glass? What is the process to buying used auto glass?

Pros

You’ll Save Money! – Used auto glass is usually a ton cheaper than purchasing new auto glass. Compare prices to see if it’s worthwhile for the type of auto glass you are looking for. It is very valuable to implement used auto glass for side windows and rear windshields. It may make more sense budget wise to go with new auto glass for your windshield, though.

Availability – It is really easy to find used auto glass at junkyards, especially if your make and model has not been made in a long time. There is no waiting or ordering to get the product you need to replace. With the option of used glass, you can not only save money, but time, too. Not only does auto glass need to be repaired from time to time, but power window systems also must be repaired. Local junkyards carry hardware for your specific make and model’s auto windows, such as motor parts and power window regulators.

More Likely to Fit – Because there are so many options available at junkyards, you are more likely to find auto glass that fits your vehicle better. Brackets, motoring, wiring, and the tint of your auto glass will also be better suited to your vehicle, perhaps even an identical match. Additionally, junkyards often have side windows and other accessories needed for your vehicle. 

More Likely to Meet Original Standards – If you are replacing auto glass on an antique vehicle, the glass you find at a junkyard will be more suited for your vehicle. This doesn’t mean they are safe, though, as antique auto glass can be easy broken because it is not tempered. Always triple check the safety used auto glass before your purchase it.

Cons

Durability – There may be scratches, cracks or chips you cannot see that will cause trouble long term. Removal of a windshield can cause damage to the auto glass very easily, so make sure it was a qualified vehicle technician who did the prior removal. Make sure to inspect the glass thoroughly before purchasing. Used auto glass can be dangerous.

Installation – Some mechanics will not provide this service for you, so you may have to install the used auto glass yourself. This will likely take more time than having a mechanic install new auto glass. Installing auto glass yourself is also not recommended. However, if you are a DIY enthusiast, most of the work will be in preparing your windshield for installation and ensuring that it is tightly sealed against the vehicle’s frame.

Warranty Complications – Warranties usually require used auto glass to be sold by the original manufacturer to be covered. Check your warranty before purchasing used auto glass so you do not break it.

Insurance Complications – Some insurance may not cover used auto glass. Check with your insurance company and agent to see what your insurance policy covers. It may be cheaper for you to go through them and get new auto glass. If you drive a leased vehicle, the agreement may specify OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) products only. Make sure you check so you don’t nullify your lease agreement.

Process of Finding Used Auto Glass

There are many different outlets to find used auto glass for your vehicle. You can look online at https://www.usedpart.us/, Craigslist, or EBay, or go in person to your local junkyard or auto parts store (but be sure to stick with local stores instead of large corporations or big stores because prices are often higher there.) 

Before purchasing the auto glass, thoroughly inspect it for any cracks, chips, or other damage. Chips and cracks in a windshield can cause it to shatter upon installation. Ask about its age and history, as some auto glass or other auto parts can be repaired to look like new. 

Make sure installation is done by a certified automotive technician instead of letting a good friend or neighbor do it. Installation is the most important part. Know what to look for in a proper installation. Check for bumpy, wavy or imperfect glass. Make sure there are 2 people installing your windshield and that they are both wearing gloves so as not to transfer oils that will break down the urethane and adhesive strength. Make sure that all the adhesive from the old windshield has been properly removed before the installation of a new windshield. Check to make sure your windshield isn’t noisy or making a whistling noise when your vehicle picks up speed after installation.

In conclusion, it is probably smartest to buy used auto glass only for side windows, side mirrors, rearview mirrors or your rear windshield. Buy new auto glass for your front windshield. Installation of the auto glass is the most important part to keeping you safe and secure. 

Our duty is to make sure you have the best professionals by your side through any of our services that we offer. With that being said, we will always ensure that you are driving off safe and happy with protected auto glass. Be sure to call us today at 877-49-GLASS or contact us online for help with all of your auto glass needs.

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