What is the difference between OEM and OEE auto glass?
Imagine you are driving down the road, minding your own business, when out of nowhere the large truck in front of you sends a rock right into your windshield. After gathering your wits, you notice a nice new crack in your once beautiful windshield. A number of words probably come to mind for the driver of the truck, but the fact remains that you will now need to repair or replace your windshield.
Difference Between Oem And Oee Auto Glass
Replacing a windshield can be quite expensive. The cost can run somewhere between two to four hundred dollars or more for the average car. In addition, depending on where you go, the type of glass you have installed may not be the best glass for the price. Basically there are only two types of glass to choose from: the Original Equipment from the Manufacturer (OEM), or Original Equipment Equivalent (OEE), which is the aftermarket version.
What is OEM Auto Glass?
OEM glass is the same glass used by the original manufacturer of your vehicle. Many people go to the dealership where they bought their car to have work done due to warranty issues. Dealerships use OEM glass because the dealership is authorized by the manufacturer and can provide glass made specifically for your make and model of vehicle. This can be expensive, but it is essentially identical to the glass you originally bought when you bought the vehicle. OEM glass provides the same thickness, color, shape, size, and durability that the original glass in your car had.
What is OEE Auto Glass?
OEE glass is the aftermarket version of OEM glass. For all practical purposes, it is the functional equivalent to OEM, but at a much lower cost. Why? It’s called competition. Technology evolves at such a rapid pace. For example, it only took the marketplace a year or so to build a better and cheaper IBM PC (the OEM of PC’s). And how many of those companies are now household names? The principle is the same. Aftermarket glass is here to stay, and currently accounts for most auto glass sales today – with very few complaints.
Is OEM or OEE for me?
If you are looking for your windshield to look and appear exactly like it did before the accident, and you don’t care about the price, your best bet is OEM glass. However, if you’re like most of us, and you do care about the price, then use OEE; the aftermarket glass which is significantly cheaper, and as good, if not sometimes better than OEM.