When it comes to replacing your car's windshield, you have two options: OEM glass and OEM quality glass. OEM glass is the original manufacturer's quality glass, the same one that would have been installed when your vehicle was new, and even has the vehicle brand logo. Generally, insurance companies will only pay for OEM glass if the vehicle is less than 2 years old and still has a full coverage policy. On the other hand, OEM quality glass is made by the same companies that make OEMs, but the logo on the glass is that of the glass manufacturer, not that of the automaker.
This type of glass is manufactured in accordance with the very specific regulations of your car manufacturer and must match the original in size, shape and color. 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. So, you might be wondering, is there a difference between OEM and OEM quality car glass besides price? Although there may be some slight variations, the general answer is that there are no major differences.
The safety standards are the same and this is because both are regulated by AGRSS (Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards).However, there are significant quality differences between original equipment windshields and aftermarket automotive glass. Glass producers reserve their “OEM” seals for car companies, but not for their glass. When it comes to installation, 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. Even those who buy OEM endorsements have to read the fine print of their contract because automotive glass isn't always included. At Cornerstone Auto Glass, we buy directly from 3 suppliers through exclusive or semi-exclusive purchase agreements.
This allows us to offer you OEM quality without the price. We also take an extra step to ensure the highest quality installations possible by thoroughly inspecting new glass for potential defects prior to installation.