The OEM vs. Aftermarket Windshield Debate – Watch This Before You Replace!

The OEM vs. Aftermarket Windshield Debate – Watch This Before You Replace!

Hi, we’re here with Bob Beranek and
he’s a expert in the auto glass industry and we’re here to ask him some questions.
One question we’ve received a lot is the difference between OEM and aftermarket
windshields. A lot of customers suspect that the glass company may have tried to
cheat them and instead of receiving original equipment they’ve actually
received a lesser quality aftermarket windshield. Are there actual differences
in quality between the two and are there certain ways to tell whether or not
they’ve received a different windshield than what they were promised? That is a
loaded question, Daniel I’ll tell you that right away. There are differences – not on
the safety end. The glass must meet certain rigors before it can be even
sold in the United States. The best way a customer can make sure that’s the case
is to look on the monogram of the glass for the DOT number. However, there are
differences especially now with the ADAS systems – the Advanced Driver Assist Systems – where the glass clarity is absolutely imperative to make sure everything works
properly. OE stands for original equipment. That’s the glass that came in
the car when it was assembled at the at the plant.
OEM is a glass that was made by the same manufacturer.
That’s what OEM means: Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEE means it’s original
equipment manufacturer that also makes glass for a different vehicle. So what’s
offered by most reputable glass companies is different types. Is it
an OE glass, OEM glass, OEE glass, or is it an ARG glass? And that’s the pricing
points as well so there are differences. The differences can make the difference
between whether a vehicle can be recalibrated or not. It may be that it’ll
look the same and fit the same and there’ll be less likelihood of air leaks
or water leaks. It might be the difference between a perfectly
optically clear glass or one that has a slight distortion on the passenger-side
or something similar there too. Okay so it sounds like no matter what option a
consumer goes with they can rest assured that it does pass those standards that
are set in place as long as it has that DOT number on it. But also, on the other
hand, it sounds like they should probably opt for the OEM, when possible, especially if their vehicle is equipped with ADAS? Especially when when ADAS is a
portion of that, yes.

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