When it comes to auto windshield glass, there are two main types: OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and aftermarket. It's important to understand the differences between the two, as they can affect the safety and quality of your vehicle. OEM auto glass is manufactured by the same manufacturer that provided the original glass that the automaker placed in your vehicle. In essence, you should get a windshield that is almost identical to the factory glass your vehicle came with when it came off the assembly line.
OEM glass also has a special brand of car manufacturer. An OEM windshield is a version identical to the original, factory-installed windshield that came with your car when it was new. These windshields may not necessarily be manufactured by the company that originally manufactured the windshield and installed it on your car, but they are almost identical in almost every way. This glass is manufactured in accordance with the very specific regulations of your car manufacturer and must match the original in size, shape and color.
The thickness and durability must also be identical. It's important to note that these windshields are also certified by the Department of Transportation, so you can be sure of their safety. Automotive glass is subject to government regulations and standards, making the difference between OEM and aftermarket windshields minimal. Aftermarket windshields, on the other hand, are not made by the original manufacturer. They are usually made by third-party companies who specialize in automotive glass.
These windshields may not necessarily meet the same standards as OEM windshields, but they do meet or exceed Department of Transportation's minimum safety requirements. They may also be cheaper than OEM windshields, but they may not last as long or provide as much protection. When requesting quotes for automotive glass, it's important to make a distinction between OEM glass and OEM quality glass. Generally, insurance companies will only pay for OEM glass if the vehicle is less than 2 years old and is still under a full coverage policy. It's also important to do some research on the aftermarket brand you're considering, as some manufacturers may use inferior materials for their products. At Cornerstone Auto Glass, we fully meet all requirements for automotive glass safety and quality.
We recommend that customers do their homework when selecting an automotive glass company, as some may cut corners in order to save money. We also recommend that customers read all contracts carefully before signing them, as some may not include all necessary add-ons or customizations. In conclusion, when it comes to auto windshield glass, there are two main types: OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and aftermarket. OEM glass is manufactured by the same manufacturer that provided the original glass that the automaker placed in your vehicle and meets all safety and quality standards set by the Department of Transportation. Aftermarket windshields are usually made by third-party companies who specialize in automotive glass and may not meet the same standards as OEM windshields but do meet or exceed Department of Transportation's minimum safety requirements.