When I began thinking more seriously about car issues, it occurred to me that there were a few things I needed to do if I wanted to make things easier for myself in the long run. For starters, I began taking my car in for regular auto service, which really helped out. It was really interesting to see how many different things had to be fixed every time I went in, but when my car didn't have as many problems, I could tell that it was really paying off. This website is all about understanding and preventing car problems by making better choices.
You will need to make one major decision, if you need to replace your windshield glass; you have to choose between aftermarket and original equipment manufacturer glass. It's tempting to use cost as the only deciding factor, but that kind of decision-making would be flawed in some cases. Ideally, you should consider other relevant factors, such as these ones:
Whether the Aftermarket Glass Satisfies Industry Standards
This is one of the most important considerations because it determines whether and how good the windshield will perform its duties. These duties include maintaining the overall integrity of the car, stabilizing the roof, and protecting you from flying debris, among others. This is why there are industry standards and certifications that windshield glasses should meet; they ensure the windshield is fit for its duty. The Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC), for example, has standards that all auto glasses must meet to be declared safe.
A windshield glass that doesn't meet industry standards may be unsafe for your car. For example, it may not fit properly or its glass may be thinner than normal. Avoid aftermarket parts that don't satisfy these standards, irrespective of its cost.
Whether the OEM Option is Available
There are cases where it's difficult to find an OEM glass, even if you have set your mind to using one. This may be the case, for example, with an older car model that is no longer in production. In such a case, you may have no option but to use an aftermarket glass.
Whether Your Insurance Coverage Will Pay for the Aftermarket Glass
If your insurance company is paying for the replacement, then it may also have a say on which option you can use. The insurance company has a stake here, because it doesn't want to lose money by letting you use an inferior glass and seeking another replacement when it falls apart. The insurance company may not pay for the aftermarket glass, if isn't satisfied with its integrity.
Your Personal Preference
You should not leave the auto garage with a windshield glass that you aren't comfortable with. You shouldn't have to worry about the integrity of your car's windshield every time you are behind the wheel. Therefore, if you distrust the quality of the aftermarket glass, opt for the OEM that will give you peace of mind.
Of course, the issue of cost cannot be entirely wished away; it is also a factor to consider. The next time you need to replace your windshield glass, consider not only the cost but the other factors discussed above before making a choice between OEM and aftermarket glass.
For more information, talk to a local car and truck service.Share