What is an aftermarket windshield?

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.
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Are there different quality windshields?There are three types of windshield glass that can be used on your vehicle; dealer glass, aftermarket glass, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass.

How do you tell if windshield has been replaced?

Sign #1: You can hear a dull 'whoosh' sound emanating from your car's windshield while you drive. It's the most common tell-tale sign, indicating that your windshield has not been correctly installed. You'll hear this sound in particular as you move over a speed bump, hit a pot hole or drive at high speeds.

Do windshields have serial numbers?

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.

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.

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Are all replacement windshields the same quality?

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.

Is it worth it to get OEM windshield replacement?

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.

Does Safelite use OEM?

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.

How do you check the quality of a windshield?

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.

How do I know if my windshield is original?

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.

How long does it take a windshield to cure?

Most companies will have a standard drive-away time that is anywhere from 30 to 75 minutes. But some windshield replacements can take up to 24 hours to dry.

Can you get a stronger windshield?

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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.

Are there different qualities of windshield glass?

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.

Are Safelite windshields as good as OEM?

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.

Does Safelite use manufacture glass?

Safelite buys its glass from the largest and most sophisticated glass manufacturers in the world; companies that work directly with and supply to the vehicle manufacturers.

Are there different grades of windshields?

There are three types of windshield glass that can be used on your vehicle; dealer glass, aftermarket glass, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass.

How long should you sit after replacing windshield?

Windshield replacements will often take 60 minutes or less; however, we recommend that you do not drive the vehicle for at least one hour after service is completed.

What if it rains after windshield replacement?

Your windshield cannot be repaired in the rain. Your windshield should be completely dry to ensure that the resin can properly adhere to the crack or chip. However, this does not mean all hope is lost if it is raining. Most windshield repair shops have a garage or covered area where they can perform the repair.

What do the stickers on my windshield mean?

If you are asking about the sticker you have to pay for every year, it is just a traceable serial number which ties the license plate on the car to the owner, and verifies that the registration fee was paid. The color changes every year so that it is visible to law enforcement that your car's registration is current.

Is there different grades of windshields?

There are three types of windshield glass that can be used on your vehicle; dealer glass, aftermarket glass, and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) glass.

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