When it comes to vehicles, choosing the right products for your car is a big deal. Therefore, it is important that you understand the difference between OEM (original equipment manufacturer) windshields and aftermarket windshields. Let’s take a look.


What is OEM Auto Glass?

When we install OEM auto glass, what we are referring to is the original equipment manufacturer. What does this mean? Auto manufacturers allow other companies to build their windshields using the exact design specifications (and, in some cases, the exact same equipment). They, however, do not allow everyone to do this. Therefore, they bid contracts out to auto glass manufacturers.


Whoever wins the bid is allowed to both manufacturer the windshield and use the auto company’s name and logo on the product. Although multiple companies may be allowed to do this, the auto manufacturer will limit the contracts, so that they can generate their own revenue from their own products. So when you bring your car into our service center for a windshield replacement, and we ask you if you want OEM parts, you’ll know that the windshield is either directly from the auto manufacturer, or the exact same product built from another company.


What is Aftermarket Auto Glass?

OEE (original equipment equivalent), A.K.A., aftermarket glass, is often produced by the same companies that make OEM windshields. What is the difference in the product? Aftermarket windshields are created to fit onto any vehicle, but are reverse-engineered. They look like and are built like the original glass, but they cannot stamp the auto manufacturer’s name on the product. Therefore, when you bring your car into our service center, and we ask you if you want an aftermarket product, then you’ll know that the part did not come from the original auto manufacturer.


Is There Really a Difference Between OEM and OEE?

Yes and no. Our Only 1 Auto Glass technicians carefully choose between the two based on these six criteria:


●        Does the product meet or exceed government and industry standards?

●        If they are both equal in quality and design, then which one is more cost-effective?

●        Which one do you prefer? Some car owners insist on OEM replacement parts to keep their vehicle authentic.

●        Availability. If an OEM part is no longer available, then we have to go with aftermarket.

●        Will your insurance company cover an aftermarket windshield


Beyond these essential questions, the differences between OEM and OEE auto parts is minimal. At Only 1 Auto Glass, we choose products based on quality, price, and availability. Ultimately, it’s your choice as the owner of the car. The next time you need your windshield replaced, then we recommend coming to our service center, talking to us about pros and cons of OEM and aftermarket, and then allowing us to replace the windshield with the best product for you. Call us today at 651-789-1111 and schedule a windshield replacement. We service both personal and commercial vehicles in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area.