When your windshield needs to be replaced, you have two options: OEM and aftermarket glass. But which one is best for you? To make the right choice, it's important to understand the differences between these models and their respective pros and cons. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) windshields are the original car glass used in a new vehicle. Automotive glass is subject to government regulations and standards, so the difference between OEM and OEE windshields is minimal.
Aftermarket automotive glass is suitable for replacing OEM windshields, often costing less, and is almost exactly the same in every way. However, care should be taken to ensure that the glass fits perfectly just like the original. At Cornerstone Auto Glass, we inspect new glass for defects prior to installation to ensure the highest quality installations possible. We also meet all requirements on all windshields for quality and safety reasons.
When a car design is finalized and ready to go into production, automakers solicit bids from automotive glass manufacturers. The company manufactures the car glass to the exact specifications provided by the car manufacturer, which ensures that the windshields and side windows fit the vehicle perfectly. 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. Customers often receive quotes that don't include all the necessary add-ons or customizations and end up paying more than planned in the end. That said, I recommend that consumers do a bit of homework regarding the OEE brand that the automotive glass company with which they are going to install in their vehicle.