oem and aftermarket glass

What is the Difference Between OEM Glass and Aftermarket Glass?

When you are facing a windshield replacement, it can be a bit overwhelming to know your options and which might be best for your car. One such decision is OEM versus aftermarket glass. In this blog, we’ll discuss what each of those types of windshield glass is and the differences between the two. Read on to learn more!

What is OEM Glass?

OEM glass, or original equipment manufacturer glass, is the specific type of glass that is put into your car when it is made by the car manufacturer. This glass is selected by the car manufacturer and is actually bid out to different suppliers in the design process to fit the needs of the specific make and model. For example, if you drive a Ford Focus, Ford would have likely bid out the glass to different suppliers to see who might fit their price needs and technical specifications. The winning bid who ends up making the glass for your Focus is the OEM. 

This means that any windshield it produces is also referred to as OEM auto glass. You can sometimes get a replacement that is OEM, meaning it will be identical in its technical specifications, such as color, shape, and how it fits into your car’s body.

What is Aftermarket Glass?

On the other hand, aftermarket glass is made by auto glass makers without the license of car companies. In our example of the Ford Focus, this would mean that the auto glass maker does not have a license with Ford for the glass on the Focus. This type of glass is also referred to as OEE, which stands for original equipment equivalent. As the name suggests, this type of glass means that it is not identical to what your car had when it rolled off the line. In fact, it is actually illegal for non-licensed OEE manufacturers to make exact replicas of the OEM glass. Rather, it is a close fit that will still do the job more than likely.

Differences Between The Two

As we discussed already, OEE and OEM glass will be slightly different in their size, color, and other technical specs. OEM glass may mean better, more quality windshields, as they are certified by your car’s manufacturer to work well for your car. In addition, there are likely some differences in the price. OEM windshields, by nature of the license with the auto manufacturer, will likely cost you more compared to aftermarket glass. You may also have a more difficult time sourcing the OEM glass compared to OEE glass, as aftermarket glass is more readily available. Be sure to also check with your insurance provider as to what they will cover in your windshield replacement, as some will not always cover the whole cost of an OEM windshield replacement. 

Arizona Auto Glass Pros Can Help

Arizona Auto Glass Pros is an automobile glass repair and replacement shop based in Mesa, Arizona. In addition to our shop, we have a fleet of mobile vehicles ready to serve your car at your convenience. In addition to windshield repair and replacement, we specialize in ADAS Safety System Recalibration, making us your one-stop shop for all of your windshield needs. Our team of professionals has plenty of industry experience, so you can know with certainty that your car will be in the best hands in the care of our team.

Call Us Today

If you’re looking to take the next step in replacing or repairing your car’s windshield, then give us a call today at (480) 605-3976. We hope to have the opportunity to give you a free quote and serve you soon!

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