Laminated glass products are typically used to replace cracked windshields. When purchasing replacement glass, you have the opportunity to purchase original equipment manufacturer (OEM) glass or an aftermarket product. Learn how these products compare to each other so you can consult with the glass technician who will be replacing your automobile's windshield. 

OEM Glass

OEM glass is a glass product that originates from the manufacturer of the vehicle that you own. This type of glass is rated highly and has been tested for efficiency. OEM glass is designed to maintain its appearance and strength. A glass technician will typically need to order an OEM product that will be used for a windshield repair. A technician may not keep OEM products in stock, due to the uncertainty of which glass products will be needed for future repairs.

OEM windshields will likely cost more than windshields that are made by a company that features aftermarket parts. If you are going to be selling your vehicle in the future, you may want to equip your vehicle with an authentic windshield that is the same exact quality as the one that your car came equipped with when you bought it new.

An automotive technician can acquire the windshield you need through the manufacturer of your vehicle or an automotive dealer who sells the same exact model that you own. Some automotive dealerships may even offer an OEM windshield replacement service. If the dealership where you bought your vehicle features an automotive shop, schedule an appointment to have your windshield replaced through their repair service.

Aftermarket Windshields

Aftermarket windshields possess the same thickness, width, and height as OEM parts. They are, however, mass-produced by general automotive industries that make parts for a wide range of vehicles. An automotive technician who offers a windshield replacement service may keep some aftermarket products in stock. They may preorder aftermarket windshields that are common sizes and thicknesses.

A glass technician may feature aftermarket windshields for a reduced cost. If you are not sure about whether ordering an OEM windshield or an aftermarket windshield will be a better choice, ask a glass technician to provide you with a cost comparison of an OEM windshield and an aftermarket windshield.

If your automotive insurance will be covering the cost of a new windshield, you may want to select the OEM product. The length of time that it may take for a technician to order and receive the windshield you need may also have a bearing on which type of windshield you choose to purchase.

Contact a local windshield repair service, such as MS Glass Outlet, to learn more.