OEM vs. Aftermarket
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) windshields are created differently than aftermarket ones (aftermarket parts are ones that are sold to replace the original parts of a vehicle). The windshield of your vehicle is actually a crucial component in crash safety and an integral part of structural integrity if your vehicle rolls over or your air bags deploy. Your OEM windshield is formed and fitted to work with these crash safety components to possibly save your life or your family’s life if an accident of this nature ever occurs.
“OEM auto glass standards require 100 percent windshield retention in frontal barrier crash tests, while DOT only requires 80 percent.” What does this mean to you? It means that 20% of the windshield failed to do its job to save your life, prevent the roof of the vehicle from collapsing on the passengers, or stay in place to prevent crush injuries.
Is it truly worth risking your life to save $100 on aftermarket parts? "Some aftermarket parts do not match the tolerance, thickness, and shape of OEM auto glass parts; therefore, they can have a higher rate of leakage, wind noise, imperfect fit, solar performance, and optical distortion". Note that glass “from an OEM manufacturer” is not OEM glass, it’s just glass from the same company that made the original part (which may have completely different specs). OEM windshields have higher levels of stress, since manufacturers limit the stress allowable in the OEM windshields they contract for.
Truth About OEM Parts
When looking for quality windshield replacement, you should make sure:
- You are using a certified auto glass technicians
- You have chosen OEM auto glass parts, especially for windshields
- Comes with quality assurance/warranty of product
- You have budgeted safe drive-away/curing time for all sealants
Glass Genie Co takes care of all your windshield replacement concerns. We have certified auto glass technicians come to your home or office, install your new OEM replacement windshield, and, after we are done, we stand by our guarantee for customer satisfaction. Call us today at 469-200-4801 to schedule your free mobile appointment.
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