Factory windshields, also known as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) windshields are parts installed on vehicles when they leave the factory and also sold as replacement parts of a quality that meets and exceeds the requirements of auto makers. The other type of windshields is aftermarket windshields that are produced by various manufacturers, in a wide quality range that might or might not meet the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements. If you are looking for a replacement it’s best to search for windshield replacement near me currently, as most companies will travel to your location and the replacement does not take long at all.
One of the features that make car owners weigh the pros and cons of factory windshields is the high costs – the price of an OEM windshield can be several times the price of an aftermarket part. While price might be the decisive factor in the case of simple windshields that consist only of a sheet of glass, for more complex vehicles that use windshields equipped with various sensors or cameras, getting a factory windshield for the replacement might be the better solution. Both factory windshields and aftermarket parts are made from high-quality safety glass, so both types are reliable in terms of safety, visibility and resistance, but choosing aftermarket quality in the case of a very complex windshield might lead to issues of configuration and compatibility with the vehicle’s onboard computer and in some cases, insurance compensation can be filed for only if the replacement is made using an OEM windshield.