Understanding the Difference Between OEM and Aftermarket Auto Glass
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Understanding the Difference Between OEM and Aftermarket Auto Glass
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Understanding the Difference Between OEM and Aftermarket Auto Glass

When it comes to windshield replacement, you want to pick the best products on the market for your vehicle. The product you choose matters, and knowing the difference between an original equipment manufacturer or OEM and an aftermarket windshield is necessary because it can affect the product quality and outcome of the installation process.

We want you to choose the right windshield for your vehicle, so we have gathered more information in this article about the difference between the two products to help you make the right decision.

OEM Windshields

The OEM windshield refers to the original glass dealer that was utilized when your vehicle was put together. In most cases, it will have the maker's brand directly on the glass and is considered the highest quality that you can get for your car.

In most cases, companies will bid on contracts with a manufacturer to use their specific glass, so the make and model could be different from year to year, making it more essential to find the right one for your automobile.

In addition, OEM glass can be more expensive than aftermarket windshields and run anywhere from 40 to 60% higher, but with this higher cost, you are getting glass that is specific for your vehicle.

Aftermarket Auto Glass Options

The aftermarket glass options are made by companies that don't have OEM contracts with the vehicle producers. Their job is to create a copy of the windshield without having the specific designs or a consultation with the original manufacturer.

These companies are not allowed to copyright or make replicas due to specific laws around this, and while the shape and fit will be similar to what you already have, the windshield can vary in durability, tint color, thickness, and even how well it protects against UV rays.

This means that because this is a copy and not from the original manufacturer, the windshield might not function like it is supposed to.

In addition, if you do need auto glass replacement, the one main benefit of an aftermarket windshield is that if you are on a budget, they are the least expensive option to choose from.

The aftermarket option may also be limited to specific applications, so if you consider using an aftermarket option, check with your installer before making the purchase.

Get the Best Auto Glass Care on the Market with Zenith Auto Glass

Whether you choose aftermarket or OEM parts, Zenith Auto Glass is the expert you can trust to get the job done right the first time. We offer a wide variety of services, including RV windshield replacement and even boat glass repair, with exceptional results in Minnesota.

When you require precision glass repair or replacement, we are the best company for the job, so message us online or call us at 218-275-5555 today.

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