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The Differences Between OEM and Aftermarket Glass

There Are Slight Differences Between OEM and Aftermarket Glass

You might think all auto glass is the same, but you must know the differences between OEM and Aftermarket Glass. We know not many people outside of the auto glass industry understand the differences between these two types of glass. 3 D Glass LLC offer both auto glass types. In this month’s blog, our team is taking a look at the differences between OEM and Aftermarket Glass. We hope this helps you understand them.


Your Vehicle’s Manufacturer Provides OEM Glass

Whatever type of vehicle you have, your vehicle’s manufacturer provides the OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, Glass. Your vehicle’s manufacturer tests it precisely for its performance and safety in mind. The advantage with OEM glass is that it will be the exact fit and glass curvature for your vehicle. That means there will be no guessing as to whether the windshield will fit into your vehicle.


Understand that OEM Glass is More Expensive Than Aftermarket Glass

One of the drawbacks for OEM glass is the price. The prices can be much more than aftermarket windshields. There are some insurance companies that won’t cover the cost of OEM glass due to being more expensive.  Other insurances providers will only pay for OEM glass if the vehicle is less than 3 years old.


Aftermarket Glass Can Be Higher Quality Than OEM Glass  

Aftermarket Glass doesn’t come from your vehicle’s manufacturer, but it can be of higher quality. Auto glass companies create copies of the original windshields. They do this without consulting with the vehicle manufacturer. Some Aftermarket Glass is more durable than the original windshield. That can give the vehicle owner more peace of mind. When it’s more durable, it keeps the occupants of the vehicle safer in the event of an accident.


Thickness and UV Protection Could Differ in Aftermarket Glass

The fit and shape of Aftermarket Glass will be the same as OEM Glass. Some of the differences between OEM and Aftermarket Glass are thickness, tint color, and UV protection. Also, sometimes options that the car maker installs to the windshield may not function properly with Aftermarket Glass. Aftermarket Glass, as we wrote earlier, is cheaper than OEM Glass, which is perfect if you’re on a tight budget. At 3 D glass LLC, we often install Aftermarket Glass for our customers. One of the downsides of Aftermarket Glass is that you won’t know the origin of the glass.


Reach out to 3 D Glass at (888) 753-3628 when you want to buy OEM or Aftermarket Glass. Stay up-to-date by checking out our Facebook page to learn the differences between OEM and Aftermarket Glass.