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.
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What is a OEM windshield?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.
What is OEE glass?
OE stands for Original Equipment. That's the glass that came in the car when it was assembled at the plant. OEM is glass that was made by the same manufacturer. That's what OEM means- Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEE means it's original equipment manufactured that also makes glass for a different vehicle.
Is OEE glass good?
OEE automotive windshields use the manufacturer's logo and refer to their products as OEM parts. This is a cheaper alternative to OEM replacement since they have almost the same quality and standards as the OEM glass.
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.
OEM Windshields offer the benefit of being identical to the windshield that was installed when your vehicle was manufactured. OEM windshields are made by the same companies that manufactured your original windshield and will match the original windshields color, thickness, fit and shape.
Yes, aftermarket windshields can be as good as OEM. There are expert glass fabricators and manufacturers that produce windshields with the same quality as the OEM windscreen that came with your vehicle.
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.
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.
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.
In general, a solid OEE windshield can generally be found that meets the quality of an OEM windshield but is significantly less expensive because it doesn't have the manufacturer's branding. Though Original Equipment Equivalent parts are a good budget decision, they aren't always the best long-term solution.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) auto glass is made by the same manufacturer as your original glass. Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE) auto glass is made to the same standards, but by a different manufacturer. Our customers can choose OEM or OEE prior to service.
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.
You can verify a genuine windshield or non-original auto glass by looking at the windscreen logo. Oftentimes, the original windscreen comes without a car logo. In this case, you can match your brand-new vehicle windscreen logo with your cracked glass.
Gorilla Glass Qualities
A stronger windshield translates to increased safety. This chemically strengthened glass isn't marketed as unbreakable or immune to scratches. But it does provide greater protection to keep projectiles out and passengers inside if there is an accident.
There are three different types of auto glass that can be used to replace your windshield: dealer glass, aftermarket glass, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass.
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.