Breaking your windscreen is pretty devastating. It’s an integral part of the safety and aesthetic of your car. However, they can be easily replaced by a skilled technician.
If you are looking to replace your old windshield, you will most likely be looking at a range of windscreen manufacturers. All kinds of windscreen manufacturers make all types of windscreens for the same vehicle. The main two manufacturers are aftermarket and car, or OEM, Original Equipment Manufacturer.
You should always know the facts before you buy, which is why we have compiled a few useful facts about the two types of manufacturers and what windscreens they can contribute to your car.
The Facts about Car Manufacturing Windscreens
Car manufacturers usually do not make their own windscreens. Companies that specialise in auto glass create the windshields and windows according to the carmaker that subcontracted them. They ship the glass to the facility where the cars are made and the glass is installed in each new car.
The car manufacturer will frequently accept windscreens from different glassmakers due to lower bids received. Therefore, sometimes two identical cars will have two different types of glass, manufactured by different companies.
Car, or Original Manufacture, Windscreen
These windscreens are meant to be identical to the original, factory-installed windscreen that was installed in your car when it was made. Since the job of making the glass is rarely done in house, and is most likely subcontracted, there may end up being a different manufacturer making the glass in your new windscreen. The car manufacturer might have accepted a lower bid on a glassmaker’s windscreen. This would mean that the glass could be made by a different manufacturer, but that shouldn’t affect the quality or size of it. The carmaker gives the glassmaker very specific regulations, so the new windscreen should match your original in colour, shape, size, thickness and durability.
Companies that are not affiliated with your dealer and do not carry car manufacturer windscreens sell aftermarket windscreens, meaning they won’t come with the dealer logo on the glass.
This also means that they may not be made to the same standards and specifications as OEM manufacturers. They aren’t required to abide by specific manufacturer guidelines, and actually cannot produce windscreens that are identical to their factory-installed counterparts due to copyright laws.
The size and shape will remain the same, else it wouldn’t fit the borders, but things like thickness, durability and potentially colour or tint may vary.
Which Should You Choose?
Aftermarket windscreens are far cheaper, but as stated, they are lower in quality. It is possible that the aftermarket windscreen will leak or cause excess noise, or you might notice that you don’t care for the difference in the tint, or that there is a wavy quality in the glass. The difference will likely be small, but discerning car owners may begin to nit-pick.
However, insurance companies may only cover aftermarket windscreens because they are cheaper, leaving you with the decision of whether or not you want to pay for a car manufacturer windscreen out of your own pocket or not.
It’s a tricky decision; so if you need any help deciding between a car manufacturer windscreen and an aftermarket windscreen, give us a call at Advanced Auto Glass in Sydney on 02 9570 1011. Our experts can provide you with honest advice, and when it’s all said and done, we can install your windscreen for you.