OEM or Aftermarket Glass: What Should You Choose?

When it comes to getting your car windshield replaced, your auto glass shop will probably give you two choices: OEM glass or aftermarket glass. Confused? You won’t be after reading this post. We’ll explain the difference between OEM and aftermarket glass and which you should choose.

Defining the Terms

A lot of drivers, regardless of how long they have been behind the wheel,  won’t be sure what terms like ‘aftermarket’ or ‘OEM’ glass mean so here’s the lowdown on each part type.


OEM Parts – short for ‘original equipment manufacturer’ parts, these are parts that have been designed by the vehicle’s manufacturer and are custom built for a specific model. These are licensed, trademarked, and rigorously tested to meet the exacting qualities of whatever vehicle manufacturers’ standards there are. Because of this reason, OEM parts are not only in-demand, but they are also quite pricey. These are typically available only at high-quality independent shops or at registered or ‘official’ repair shops that are sponsored or are run by the manufacturing company of a specific vehicle brand. OEM glass is known to be of very high quality and will fit snugly like a glove on the vehicle it is specifically designed for.


Aftermarket parts – these are parts that are made by independent manufacturers that have not been approved or licensed by a vehicle’s original manufacturer. These independently made parts can vary in quality. While some are on par with OEM parts, others are not as good. The good news is that these are cheaper and much easier to come by. Be careful, though—because of the variance in quality, aftermath glass can be hit and miss.


OEM vs Aftermarket: Which should you choose

While the urge to save money might be strong, it is rarely worth choosing aftermarket glass over an OEM alternative. The windshield is one of the most important parts of your car so it really isn’t worth paying less for a part that wasn’t specifically built for your vehicle. What is more, cars are so technically advanced now that even windshields are packed with technology such as forward collision warnings, heads-up displays, and defrosting features. If you choose aftermarket glass over OEM glass, you’ll be missing out on all of these features.


By choosing A Plus Auto Glass to repair your windshield, you can make sure that only the best OEM glass is used. We don’t put drivers at risk, which is why our professionals only install the best. For more information, give our team a call at (623) 218-6844 today.