If your vehicle needs windshield replacement and you’re worried about the cost, it can be tempting to seek out used auto glass to get the job done. But used glass may not be your best option, in terms of both safety and price. The experts at Only 1 Auto Glass explain why below.
Cheaper Isn’t Always Better
When it comes to automobile parts, in most cases, you get what you pay for. The same idea applies to auto glass. Though it’s illegal for any Minnesota business to sell you a damaged windshield, that doesn’t necessarily mean every business follows the law. And if you acquire a used windshield that was previously hit by an object, there’s a high chance that glass will break more easily under future impacts.
Glass Removal Causes Damage
Properly installing a windshield is a challenging process; properly removing one is even more difficult. When you purchase a used windshield, it was previously removed from another vehicle, and unfortunately, the removal process often damages the glass.
Because windshields are designed to remain on vehicles indefinitely, manufacturers and auto glass repair shops use heavy-duty adhesives and sealants to ensure longevity. And when a salvage yard or parts supplier removes a windshield, there’s a high possibility that small cracks or chips will develop. Since minor glass blemishes are fully fixable, you may never know the glass was previously damaged.
Insurance May Cover a Windshield Replacement
If you’re considering used auto glass because you’re worried about the cost of a windshield replacement, know that cost may not be a factor. In Minnesota, most insurance companies will cover windshield repair and replacement, and they typically won’t raise your premiums as a result.
If you’re unsure whether your insurance policy covers auto glass replacement, call your provider and ask. Some providers will cover the full cost of the replacement, while others will only pay for a specific percentage of the final bill. Even if you’re liable for paying a portion of the cost, it’s a small price to pay for brand new glass and more importantly, peace of mind.
Bottom line: Before you run out and purchase used auto glass that may put your safety at risk, consider all of your options!
Need Windshield Replacement? Contact Only 1 Auto Glass
If you need a new windshield, get in touch with our team at Only 1 Auto Glass. We specialize in auto glass repair and replacement for all makes and model of vehicles, and our 15 locations throughout the Twin Cities make auto glass service easier than ever. To learn more about our services, request a free estimate, or schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 651-789-1111 or send us a message, and we’ll be in touch.