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Types of Auto Glass

This page has been designed to give you a brief overview of the various types of automotive glass available. You may also click here to review more details pertaining to the history and specifications of glass types. After you've had time to review the information discussed on this page be sure to review the auto glass certifications page to give yourself even more knowledge before talking with a local service center.

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Glass Types

Dealer Auto Glass

This is the what you purchase from an automobile dealership authorized by the vehicle manufacturer to service your car. This auto glass is from the same OEM distributor that manufactured your original auto glass and will generally have the make of the vehicle stamped on it.

OEM Auto Glass

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass is made with the same specifications as dealer glass. For example: OEM Ford windows are the same color, durability, thickness, size, and shape as the original windshields installed from the Ford manufacturer. Windows labeled "OEM" are virtually identical to dealer glass but each are from a different manufacturer. OEM glass will save you money over Dealer glass and offer the same safety and specs needed to maintain your car's structural integrity.

Aftermarket Automotive Glass

Aftermarket automotive glass is made by companies that do not have the legal right to manufacture auto glass to the exact specifications as OEM distributors due to licensing and copyright laws. Aftermarket auto glass is significantly cheaper than OEM or dealer glass. It's usually a different thickness than OEM glass and most dealers will not accept aftermarket glass when you return a leased vehicle because the glass differs so much from the original design.

Recent Glass Sales

2013 Audi A4 4 Door Station Wagon
Windshield with Rain Sensor - $328.36


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