Quality of Auto Glass for Installation
If the windshield of your car sustains damage beyond repair, the technician will need to remove it and install a new windshield in its place. For new installations, two things that matter are
a) the procedure and
b) quality of glass.
In the market, you will come across three main qualities of glass, which include dealer auto glass, OEM auto glass and aftermarket auto glass.
Dealer Auto Glass:
This auto glass is original and branded. You will find these auto glasses only at a dealership shop, authorized by glass manufacturers themselves. But these products are expensive.
This is the same type of glass that came installed when you bought the vehicle. If you want to replace your broken windshield with dealer auto glass, you will need to visit a dealership in or near your area. Like many other windshield repair and replacement services, dealerships do not provide mobile services. This means getting a new glass installation will take a long time in this case. Windshield replacement companies such as SIR Auto Glass provide mobile auto glass repair and change services in areas such as Portland, Gresham, Lake Oswego, Tualatin and Wilsonville in the great Austin area, Texas, at no additional cost.
The abbreviation OEM is for Original Equipment Manufacturer. This type of glass is produced by the same manufacturer that produces the original auto glass for cars and SUVs.
Manufacturers produce OEM auto glass according to the specifications provided by car manufacturers. These specifications include thickness, durability, quality standard, color etc. These automotive glasses are exactly the same as those your car or SUV came with at the time of purchase. Sometimes, glass manufacturers subcontract their work and that is exactly how the products reach windshield repair and replacement experts in different areas. The best thing about these glass products is that you get original glass quality at a price that is less expensive.
OEM glasses are authentic products, known for their safety features and performance in different types of conditions and situations. If your car, SUV or truck needs an auto windshield replacement, this product is ideal.
You will easily find different types of aftermarket accessories in the market out there. Just like that, aftermarket glasses are also available for windshield change in a vehicle. These products are manufactured by companies that do not have the necessary affiliation. As a result, aftermarket automotive glasses are sold at a much lower price than that of OEM glass.
Though these glasses also meet all the key safety requirements, their specifications may vary compared to dealership and OEM auto glasses. If you look for a cheaper option, you can opt for aftermarket glass.