Need a windshield replacement? Or perhaps you’re pricing out a side window or rear window replacement? Then you’ve likely learned you have two types of glass to choose from: aftermarket auto glass and OEM glass. But how exactly do you determine which one is right for your needs?


Read on to learn all about aftermarket auto glass and why it might be the right choice for your vehicle.


What Is Aftermarket Auto Glass?

Aftermarket auto glass is glass manufactured by companies that don't have a contract or any affiliation with your vehicle’s automaker. This type of glass is designed to fit the proportions and specifications of your vehicle, but it may show slight variations in color, thickness, curvature, or clarity.


In some cases — typically when the glass costs more than its OEM counterpart — aftermarket glass may end up being higher quality than the glass that was originally installed on your automobile.


Advantages of Aftermarket Replacement Auto Glass

What about aftermarket auto glass makes it a good choice for your auto glass replacement? Some advantages to consider include:


●        Price. Because aftermarket auto glass is not fabricated by your vehicle’s original equipment manufacturer, it’s typically more affordable than OEM glass.


●        Availability. Generally, aftermarket windshields, rear windows, and side windows are easier to get your hands on than OEM glass.


●        Quality. Aftermarket auto glass must meet or exceed minimum safety standards for auto glass, so you can rest assured you’ll be getting a quality product. You may also be able to get aftermarket glass that’s higher quality than the original glass; however, you can expect it to cost more than a standard aftermarket product.


Disadvantages of Aftermarket Auto Glass

Why might aftermarket auto glass not be your best choice for a windshield replacement? Drawbacks to consider include:


●        Inconsistent quality across manufacturers. Aftermarket glass is not assembled by the original equipment manufacturer, which means it can be fabricated by any number of companies. As such, there may be inconsistencies in quality, depending on the manufacturer you choose.


●        Potential for sizing issues. Although aftermarket glass should fit your vehicle, there’s always a chance there may be slight sizing issues when it comes time for installation.


●        Appearance. In some cases, aftermarket auto glass has a slightly different color, clarity, and curvature than OEM glass.


●        ADAS compatibility. Aftermarket glass may have slight internal defects (ripples, for example) that prevent ADAS recalibration equipment from working.


Get a Free Auto Glass Replacement Estimate in the Twin Cities

Are you interested in installing aftermarket auto glass on your vehicle? Let our team at Only 1 Auto Glass take care of that for you! We have several Auto Glass Safety Council-certified installers and our team has more than 200 years of combined experience in the auto glass industry. For your convenience, we have multiple shop locations throughout the metro area and offer mobile installation services as well.


To learn more or schedule an appointment, call us today at 651-789-1111 or request a free estimate online, and we’ll be in touch with additional information.