When you need a windshield replacement, a new rear window, or a new side window, you have a couple of options when it comes to the type of glass you choose: OEM or aftermarket auto glass. Depending on your needs, budget, and your vehicle’s warranty status, one type may be better than the other.


Below, we’re taking a look at OEM auto glass, its pros and cons, and why this type of glass might be the right choice for your vehicle. 


What Is OEM Auto Glass?

OEM is an acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means this type of glass is fabricated by the manufacturer that fabricated the vehicle’s original glass. Since automakers don’t typically make auto glass, they subcontract the job out to glass manufacturers who fabricate windshields, rear windows, and side windows to the automaker’s strict specifications.


In some cases, though, automakers switch glass manufacturers when they receive a lower bid from a different company. But even when they switch manufacturers, the new glass manufacturer still fabricates the auto glass to the same OEM specifications. 


When you get OEM glass, you’re essentially getting the same high-quality product that was installed on your vehicle when it left the automaker’s factory.


OEM Auto Glass Advantages

What makes OEM auto glass a good choice for a windshield replacement? Advantages of this type of glass include:


●        You’re getting an original-quality replacement piece of glass.

●        The new glass is guaranteed to fit properly on your vehicle since it’s fabricated to the exact specifications of the original piece of glass.

●        You’re getting a high-quality product that provides the same level of safety protection as the original vehicle window that was damaged.

●        OEM glass is guaranteed to work with your vehicle's ADAS features. During the ADAS recalibration process, your auto glass replacement technicians should have no issue running the calibration or post-procedure testing.


OEM Replacement Auto Glass Disadvantages

Why might OEM auto glass not be the best choice? Disadvantages of this type of glass include:


●        You’ll pay considerably more for OEM glass than aftermarket glass.

●        Given its higher cost, some insurance companies may discourage you from choosing OEM auto glass or tell you they don’t cover it.


When Should You Opt for OEM Glass?

If your vehicle is still under warranty, you’ll want to get an OEM windshield replacement, rear window replacement, or side window replacement. If you opt for aftermarket glass instead, you could void your warranty.


If you’re getting ready for a windshield replacement, be sure to check out our top 12 aftercare tips that’ll help you make your investment last as long as possible.


Only 1 Auto Glass: Your Premier Source for Twin Cities Auto Glass Replacement Service

Whether your vehicle needs a windshield replacement, rear window glass replacement, or a side window replacement, get in touch with our team at Only 1 Auto Glass! Our installers are certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council, we operate multiple locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro, and we also offer mobile auto glass service for your convenience.


To get started or learn more, give us a call today at 651-789-1111, request a free estimate, or contact us online with questions or concerns, and we’ll get in touch!