Are All Windshield Glass the Same? A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to windshields, there are two types of glass available: OEM and aftermarket. But what are the differences between them? Is one better than the other? In this article, we'll explore the differences between OEM and aftermarket windshields, as well as the importance of using OEM glass for collector cars. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

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 almost identical to the factory glass that came with your vehicle when it came off the assembly line. OEM glass also has a special brand of car manufacturer. An OEM windshield is a glass identical to the original windshield. This is because it is manufactured by the exact same company. Not only can you expect an OEM windshield to match your previous windshield in terms of thickness, color, tint and durability, but it must also fit your car perfectly.

Some brands of glass may be different, but this doesn't really make any difference. If you have an older vehicle, such as a collector's car, repairing or replacing anything with OEM parts preserves the originality of the vehicle. OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, means parts are certified as original parts from the manufacturer. Automotive glass is subject to government regulations and standards, making the difference between OEM and OEE windshields minimal. If a glass manufacturer receives an order for 25,000 windshields for a particular vehicle, they could decide to use an additional 5,000 windscreens (if allowed to do so according to the agreement they have with the car manufacturer) because they know that they can ultimately sell these extras for replacement purposes. Another step taken to ensure the highest quality installations possible at Cornerstone Auto Glass is our thorough inspection of new glass for potential defects, prior to installation.

They claim that using anything other than OE glass could decrease the effects of acoustic glass and increase cabin noise. On the other hand, aftermarket automotive glass products may not meet the same standards, but meet or exceed Department of Transportation's minimum safety requirements. It's easy to assume that all automotive glass companies offer approximately the same quality of installations, but all too often corners are cut, just like in any other industry. In conclusion, when it comes to replacing your windshield glass, it's important to consider all your options. OEM glass should be used to replace windshield glass because of complex technology now available in vehicles, especially in the windshield. Collector cars may want OEM parts to preserve the originality of the vehicle, for the rest of us, all glasses are AS-1 certified and guaranteed to fit correctly at all times.

Eloise Luttenegger
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