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What’s the difference between OEM and aftermarket windshields

“When your windshield cracks and you need a replacement, there are two types of windshield glass available to you—OEM and aftermarket glass. Which of these options is best for you?

OEM Auto Glass

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM auto glass is fabricated by the same manufacturer that provided the original glass the automaker placed in your vehicle. In essence, you should be getting an almost identical windshield to the factory auto glass your vehicle came with when it rolled off the assembly line. OEM glass also has special automaker branding on it.

Aftermarket Auto Glass

Aftermarket auto parts are made by a company other than the original equipment manufacturer. Or by the same OEM company on a different production line. Some of these parts are similar quality to OEM parts. Others are not. If you’re paying for your glass replacement out-of-pocket, aftermarket auto glass could be the cheaper option.”

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While aftermarket windshields are typically less expensive than their OEM counterparts, their is no guarantee that the quality is equal. In fact aftermarket windshields may cut some corners during production that could potentially lower their lifespan. In most cases the average consumer may save 40% to 60% if purchasing an aftermarket windshield. However, there’s something to be said for making the investment with OEM windshields that have gone through rigorous testing and therefore likely have a much better warranty.

At IAS Auto Glass, we use the highest grade of OEM materials for replacing windshields. Our goal is to meet or exceed industry glass standards when performing auto glass service. Call us at 952-797-4374 to learn more or visit our FAQ page for further information.