When it comes to windshield replacement, which should you choose: an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) windshield or an aftermarket windshield? The choice can be a difficult one, especially because not many people understand the difference between these two types of glass. Your windshield repair service in Prescott Valley will offer both options, so it’s best to know which choice is right for you before heading to get your replacement.

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. This means that it will fit right and ensure that other options connected to the windshield work perfectly. In addition, OEM windshields have matching logos to the original windshield. Prices for OEM glass can run 40% to 60% higher than comparable aftermarket windshields. Some insurance companies will not pay for OEM glass due to the higher cost while other insurance companies will only pay for OEM glass if the vehicle is no more than one to two model years old.

OEE or Original Equipment Equivalent Windshields are windshields manufactured by the same companies that make OEM but the logo on the glass is that of the glass manufacturer not the auto maker. These windshields are made to the same standards as the OEM glass and often in the same factories but don’t carry the premium price tag.

Aftermarket Windshields on the other hand are manufactured by glass companies that do not have OEM relationships with the car makers. They create copies of the original windshields without consultation from the original windshield’s or vehicle manufacturers. Thanks to copyright laws, the makers of aftermarket windshields are not allowed to create a replica of the original windshield that was in your car. While the fit and shape will obviously be the same, the new windshield may vary in thickness, durability or tint color and UV protection. In some cases, options attached to the windshield may not function properly. Typically, aftermarket windshields are the least expensive options available.