Your car is a substantial investment. Even if you aren’t cruising around in the flashiest vehicle on the block, you want to make sure that you’re choosing the best products for your automobile within your price range. Therefore, one should know the difference between OEM and aftermarket windshield options. Read on to learn more!
Aftermarket Auto Glass
An aftermarket windshield, otherwise known as original equipment equivalent or OEE, is designed to fit any vehicle. These types of windshields are reverse engineered, and while they are built like regular glass and look like regular glass, the auto manufacturer’s name cannot be stamped on the windshield. When asked if you want an aftermarket product when you go in for windshield repair, you should be aware that the aftermarket product, if chosen, is not from the original auto manufacturer.
OEM Auto Glass
OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. What you need to know is that auto manufacturers will allow other companies to construct windshields using their exact design specifications, sometimes even with the same equipment. Not everyone is allowed to do this, however, so the auto manufacturers bid out contracts to auto glass manufacturers. Those who win the bids are allowed to manufacture the windshields and use the auto company’s name and logo on them. In order to generate revenue from their own products, though, the auto manufacturer will limit contracts to auto glass manufacturers. When asked if you want OEM glass, know that the windshield you’re choosing is either from the auto manufacturer or from another company who built it exactly how the auto manufacturer would.
There aren’t many differences between OEM and aftermarket windshields, but some owners like to go with OEM replacement parts in order to keep their vehicles authentic. Also, if both windshields are equal in quality and design, you can always choose based off of which one is the most cost-effective option. Rest assured that we offer products for any budget here at AllStar Windshield Centers, and all of our auto glass is of the highest quality.