Probably the easiest way to find the 17-digit number is to look at the dashboard on the driver's side of the window by standing outside your vehicle. Then, look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets your windshield and find the 17-digit VIN number.
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What kind of glass does my car have?To figure out what kind of glass is in the side window of your car, you can look in the bottom corner. There may be a label that says "tempered" or "laminated." If not, roll down the window and look at it from a bird's-eye view. If it's smooth and looks like one piece, it's tempered.
What do the numbers on auto glass mean?
The AS number stands for American Standard, and is “AS” (or “American Standard”) followed by a number indicating the position in which the glass may be used, based on its optical quality.
Does Safelite use OEM parts?
Our windshield replacement service uses OEM or OEE glass and an industry-leading one-hour drive-away time adhesive for a fast, safe result.
Does Safelite make their own glass?
Safelite® Glass Corp. is a U.S. manufacturer of replacement windshields. It operates a manufacturing facility in Enfield, N.C. as well as two distribution centers located in Ontario, Calif. manufacturing and distribution facilities are ISO-9001 certified.
OEM auto glass will likely be stamped with the carmaker's brand name and logo. As for aftermarket or OEE auto glass, you need to tell your customers that: Aftermarket or OEE glass manufacturers are not licensed by car companies to fabricate windshields for their car models.
The Safelite glass quality is generally satisfactory, though. When it comes to OEM glass vs Safelite, you have better assurance of almost par Safelite windshield quality with the original glass, but not necessarily at 100%. Nonetheless, they offer a lifetime warranty for added assurance.
Inside the Vehicle
- On the driver's side dashboard – stand outside the vehicle and look at the corner where the dashboard meets the windshield.
- In the driver's side door or door jamb – the VIN is usually printed on a sticker in that location.
To find out whether your car has tempered or laminated side windows, read the label in the bottom corner the window, or check directly with the manufacturer. Make sure to check every window, as it's common for at least one side window to be made from breakable tempered glass.
A guide to the 4 main glass types
- Annealed Glass. Annealed glass is a basic product formed from the annealing stage of the float process.
- Heat Strengthened Glass. Heat Strengthened Glass is semi tempered or semi toughened glass.
- Tempered or Toughened Glass.
- Laminated Glass.
On a car the light transmittance factor is never below 70%. This means 30% of the outside light may be blocked out. Cheaper cars have less protection than more expensive ones. Trucks and multi-purpose vehicles and vans can have tint behind the driver that is as dark as possible – or even completely blocked out.
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The DOT code (DOT number) is the letters “DOT” followed by a number that the Department of Transportation (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) assigns to the manufacturer of the glass. This is required by FMVSS205 section S6.
So, does Safelite use OEM glass? In a sense, they buy their glass from the world's most sophisticated manufacturers – the same guys who supply the big car manufacturers. Safelite only deals in OEE parts.
ENFIELD, N.C. – Jan. 7, 2013 – AGC Automotive Americas, an industry leader and innovator in glass technologies, has entered into a license agreement with Safelite® Glass Corp., which allows Safelite to manufacture, distribute and sell replacement windshields under the AP Technoglass brand.
Regardless of the windshield type, one of the easiest ways to figure out which windshield you have is to place a piece of white or yellow paper and tape it behind the writing on the bottom of the windshield from the inside of the car. Take a picture with your phone and text or email it to the auto glass shop.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer – which would mean that an OEM Windshield would be from the same manufacturer that originally had their glass installed in your vehicle when it rolled off the assembly line. This glass holds the same safety standards as your vehicle did when it was brand new.
The VIN may also appear in a number of other locations:
- Front of the engine block.
- Front of the car frame, near the container that holds windshield washer fluid.
- Rear wheel well.
- Inside the driver-side doorjamb.
- Driver-side doorpost.
- Underneath the spare tire.
You can obtain a free VIN check by entering it in the VIN check box below under "Run an AutoCheck ® vehicle history report." Enter your VIN in the space provided and click "Check VIN." (You can obtain your free VIN check without having to purchase anything.)
You can get a free VIN check at the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), VehicleHistory.com or iSeeCars.com/VIN. Just pop in your car's digits and these sites will do the VIN lookup and give you information on the vehicle.