When the time comes to replace your car windshield, you’re faced with your first difficult decision. Do you choose an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) windshield or an aftermarket windshield? It’s a tough choice. The decision typically comes down to your insurance carrier’s requirements. Often, the choice is up to you. To make an informed decision, you need to know the key differences between OEM and aftermarket windshield glass. What are your options?
An OEM windshield is often identical to the factory-installed windshield that came with your vehicle, allowing you to guarantee the glass is designed to your vehicle maker’s exact specifications and regulations. The new glass will match the size, shape, and color of the original. Even the thickness and overall durability will be identical.
Furthermore, OEM windshields are certified by the Department of Transportation, so your safety is assured.
These are designed by auto glass companies that do not contract with specific vehicle manufacturers, though some may. As these companies are not under contract, they do not have the same specifications or regulations as an OEM windshield manufacturer. Furthermore, due to copyright law, many aftermarket auto glass companies are prohibited from designing windshields that are identical to OEM windshields. As such, the size and shape may not be perfect, nor will the thickness, durability, color, and tint.
Unfortunately, many consumers complain about their aftermarket windshield before long. The top complaints are leaks or excessive noise while driving. Some notice a wave-like quality to the glass, which can make driving difficult due to the distraction.
OEM vs Aftermarket Windshield
In most circumstances, an OEM windshield is going to be the best choice for a new windshield replacement. There are some exceptions to this, however. First, if cost is an issue, an OEM windshield is generally going to be more expensive to install or replace. Second, because of the higher upfront cost of OEM windshields, some insurance companies won’t cover them for windshield replacement, especially on older vehicle models. Finally, the highest quality aftermarket windshields can actually offer more durability than the original equipment manufacturer’s.
Find the perfect auto windshield glass with Advanced Auto Glass. We offer aftermarket and OEM windshield installation and repair in DFW and the surrounding areas. If you aren’t sure which option is best for you, feel free to talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members for assistance. We use high-quality windshield glass that meets all specifications and regulations set forth by the Department of Transportation and top vehicle manufacturers. Give us a call at 972-869-9033!