The Difference Between OEM and Aftermarket Glass

There are two options for windshield replacement: Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass and aftermarket glass. Here are the details about each so you can make an informed decision about which option is best for your vehicle.

OEM Auto Glass

OEM auto glass is marked with the auto maker branding because it is essentially an identical piece of glass to that installed on the auto maker's assembly line. While there is plenty of debate about the quality of aftermarket glass, OEM auto glass is always considered appropriate for your vehicle.

Aftermarket Auto Glass

Car owners and insurance companies look to aftermarket auto glass for cost savings. It is either made by a different glass fabricator than the one who supplies the auto maker or by the same glass fabricator working on a production line other than that of the original equipment manufacturer.

Which option is best for your vehicle?

The two major factors to consider regarding aftermarket windshields are safety and compatibility with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Because windshields play a role in impact and roll over safety, as well as air bag deployment, it is very important to be sure that aftermarket glass is appropriate for your vehicle, and if it is, that it is fitted properly.

Many auto makers, including Honda, Mercedes-Benz USA, Subaru, and Nissan, are recommending OEM glass for vehicles equipped with ADAS systems because aftermarket glass can cause these systems to malfunction or stop working altogether.

With so many different makes and models out there, as well as optional features, the only way to know for sure whether to select OEM or aftermarket glass for your vehicle is to give us a call.