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.
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What is OEM vs aftermarket?OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means the parts are made by the same company that makes the vehicle. Meanwhile, aftermarket parts are produced by a different parts company and are often designed to be compatible with as many makes and/or models as possible.
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.
Are all windshields the same quality?
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.
What is Safelite rain defense?
Safelite AutoGlass – Rain Defense is our windshield secret weapon. Just one application to your glass provides better visibility, reduces windshield glare, and lasts up to six months. Add it to your service today!
Windshield water repellent is a chemical that coats your windshield and fills in the microscopic holes and gaps in the windshield glass that would normally help grip water on the windshield as it rains. When water does not have the gaps to create friction for them, it just beads up and slides off.
There are three types of windshield glass that can be used on your vehicle; dealer glass, aftermarket glass, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass.
Many car manufacturers recommend using OEM windshields, as these are compatible with the new technologies. However, be prepared for possible out-of-pocket expenses, as insurance companies prefer to pay for less expensive aftermarket parts.
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) vs.
An OEM refers to something made specifically for the original product, while the aftermarket refers to equipment made by another company that a consumer may use as a replacement.
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.
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.
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.
The easiest and cheapest way to remove the windshield is to use an 18″ Urethane Cut-Out Knife, which is typically used by professionals. Cut the urethane around all of the perimeters of the windscreen. As you cut out the windshield, be careful to minimize damage to the pinch weld.
A lot of folks think that you can't cut laminated glass, but the fact is that you can even if you're not a professional glazier. Unlike cutting tempered glass with a little practice laminated glass can indeed be cut to whatever size you want.
While the cost is not covered by insurance, recommending this inexpensive product reinforces your role of protecting your policyholders. Plus, it's already getting rave reviews in pilot markets. Customers have been so satisfied with Safelite AutoGlass Rain Defense that we've seen NPS scores increase by two points.
When driving in the weather, the result was good. The rain and sleet beaded well and, if I didn't want to, I didn't have to use my wipers much. I will say, however, that the price tag is a bit steep. While I like this product and I appreciate that it lasts for six months, I am not sure the price tag is worth it.
However, there's a trade-off if you opt for OEM windshields. You'll have to be willing to pay more on the windshield replacement cost. In general OEM windshields are 40% to 60% more expensive than many aftermarket windshields. And because of the higher cost, many insurance companies won't cover the cost of OEM parts.
Original Equipment ManufacturerWhat Does OEM Mean? As mentioned, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. The acronym isn't commenting on who sells the product but instead on who the product is meant to be sold to. OEM hardware and software is packaged for distribution to companies who build systems, like Dell and Apple.
OEM and ODM are acronyms that are the buzzwords in the manufacturing sector. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and ODM stands for Original Design Manufacturer.