There are many DIY car repairs that you can easily and safely perform yourself with the right tools and a little research. But is replacing a windshield one of them? At U Wrench It, we have a huge variety of used car parts available for thrifty DIY mechanics. Read on as we break down the pros and cons of purchasing a windshield at a salvage yard.
Reasons to Purchase a Used Windshield
The most obvious benefit of purchasing and replacing a windshield yourself is cost. Depending on the make and model of your car, it may be easy to find a windshield or other auto glass at an auto salvage yard, and you’ll pay far less than if you ordered a new windshield. However, despite the affordability, availability, and ease of replacement DIY windshield repair entails, there are some strong reasons to leave it to the professionals.
Reasons Not to Purchase a Used Windshield
Depending on your auto insurance, you may be able to get your windshield replaced by a professional for free or at a discounted rate. If your plan covers such repairs, you should take advantage of a new, professionally-installed windshield to prevent voiding your warranty or making a mistake on installation.
Even if you have to pay out of pocket, you may want to opt for a new windshield due to safety concerns. When you purchase auto glass at a salvage yard, you don’t know whether the source vehicle has been in an accident, which could weaken the glass even if there is only a faint scratch or chip.
Ultimately, whether you decide to go the DIY route or leave it to the pros should depend on your vehicle warranty, auto insurance plan, and confidence in your auto repair skills. At U Wrench It, we’re always happy to help our customers find the right part for a project, so give us a call today at (770) 448-6485.