When it comes time to replace your windshield, in most cases you will have the choice of either OEM or aftermarket glass. OEM stands for original equipment manufacturers, and it is an identical windshield to the one that came with your vehicle. We want to inform our customers about the differences between the 2 and go over some pros and cons of each.
How it works
When a new car is being assembled, typically the manufacturer does not make their own windshields. Instead, the work is subcontracted to specialized auto glass companies. What happens is that each of these different glass companies bid to provide the glass for the new vehicles. Often, the auto manufacturer will switch between glassmakers when they are offered a lower bid. Meaning that an auto manufacturer could use several different glass manufacturers for different vehicle lines.
Although glass may be made by another manufacturer, OEM glass is essentially an identical windshield to the original one that came with the car. Each glass manufacturer must produce this glass using specific regulations assigned by the auto manufacturer. Meaning that it will be the same size, color, shape, and thickness. It will even have the same level of durability.
If you are researching getting a new windshield, you might come across the term OEE (Original Equipment Equivalent). OEE windshields are very similar to OEM, as they are made to be almost the same level of quality and standards that the OEM glass would. This is a cheaper alternative to purchasing OEM glass, and it is often made by the same glass companies that make OEM for the car manufacturers.
There are many companies that produce aftermarket glass around the world, so it can be daunting to try and find out which product you should use for replacement. Although some people are concerned about the potential risk with using aftermarket vs OEM, having a glass expert will allow you to get an aftermarket windshield worry free.
If you are looking into getting your windshield replaced and are getting ready to make the decision between OEM and aftermarket, we highly suggest checking into your insurance plan and see if OEM is covered in your glass coverage. If not, it really depends on where you decide to get your glass. The best way to eliminate the risk of any problems would be to spend 40-60% more on an OEM windshield. If you want a cheaper option, then consider asking if your glass shops aftermarket windshields are OEE.
We offer in shop and mobile windshield replacement, if you are looking for professional help in getting your windshield replaced, call us today!