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Windshield Replacement

OEM vs. Aftermarket Windshield: A Comparative Analysis

The safety of auto glass has had a long history of being discovered accidentally and being experimented on for several decades. The focuses of car manufacturers have always remained on providing maximum safety features to drivers and passengers in order to prevent any casualty. When you go to replace or install a new windshield, you’ll be met with two options: OEM windshields and aftermarket windshields. The choice will come down to the specifications provided by your insurance company if it’s covered, but if it’s yours to make, there are many factors to consider. When it comes to cars, safety should always be your first priority. So when choosing a windshield for replacement, you need to remember that the choice you make will contribute to your safety.

Why Do I Have To Choose Between OEM and Aftermarket Windshields?

Car manufacturers usually subcontract auto glass companies to make windshields for their cars. These auto glass manufacturing companies strictly adhere to the specifications provided by the car manufacturer, or else, their product won’t sell. The auto glass is then shipped to a car assembling facility. Car manufacturers accept bids from different auto glass producers. They might choose to change a subcontractor if a lower bid is received. Hence, by the time you need to get your windshield replaced, the subcontractor might have changed and you might receive an OEM windshield from a different auto glass manufacturer than the original one.

OEM Windshields

An OEM—Original Equipment Manufacturer—windshield is identical to the one that came with your car when it was new. It is original and factory installed. As stated above, these windshields may not necessarily be produced by the company that made them when you bought the car. However, OEM windshields will adhere to the specifications provided by the car manufacturer. Hence, they will match your original windshield in shape, color, size durability and thickness.

Aftermarket Windshields

Aftermarket windshields are manufactured by auto glass companies that may not be contracted by car manufacturers. Hence, these companies don’t have to abide by the manufacturer’s guidelines. Some car owners have reported that aftermarket windshields leak and produce noises. Some have noticed a wavy quality in the glass that is disruptive during driving. However, others report little to no difference between OEM windshields and aftermarket windshields.

What’s the Difference?

The only difference between these two windshields is the safety standards they follow. While there’s no guarantee with aftermarket production of windshields, OEM manufacturers follow all safety guidelines. Here at Auto Glass San Antonio, we only use OEM windshield replacement San Antonio. We do not compromise on the quality of our services for the price that we have to pay. Get in touch with us today to know more about our 24/7 windshield repair services in San Antonio!

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