Every part of a new car or truck comes from an OEM, (Original Equipment Manufacturer), including the windshield and other glass parts in your vehicle. The only 2 US automobile companies that actually make or made their own windshields are Ford and Chrysler.
There are two important OEM benefits:An OEM replacement windshield is produced from original equipment tooling. This type of windshield will have the appearance of your car's original windshield and will fit properly in the window opening making noise, leakage, as well as cosmetic problems, much less likely. OEM auto glass manufacturers work hand in hand with automobile manufacturers to enhance overall functionality and improved performance. Because of their close work with auto manufacturers, OEM manufacturers have a greater knowledge and understanding of the engineering demands that the vehicle can place on the windshield in both normal driving as well as in crash conditions and their replacement windshields are made using the same quality assurance systems they used for the original vehicle manufacturer.
Safety glass is used in all auto glass.Safety glass is manufactured to reduce the likelihood of personal injury when and if it should break. There are two different types which are called laminated and tempered glass. Windshields as well as some side and rear windows are made from a lamination process. This type of glass actually consists of two pieces of glass, bonded together by a "PVB" (polyvinyl butyrate) vinyl layer in between the two layers of glass.
In the event of an accidentthis vinyl layer serves several purposes, it cushions your head during impact, helps keep the vehicles occupants contained within the vehicle and also helps keep many small light weight foreign objects from entering the passenger compartment. If a windshield breaks, during impact, the majority of broken pieces will generally adhere to the plastic lining.
Tempered GlassThe majority of car and truck side door and rear back glass windows manufactured consist of tempered glass which is produced with a process that involves heating the glass to more than 1,100°F and then rapidly cooling it. This results in the outside surfaces of the glass becoming harder than the center of glass which makes it stronger than regular annealed glass of the same thickness. If broken, tempered glass will break up into very small pieces which are less likely to cause as serious of an injury as annealed glass would.
Your third optionwindshield and most likely most expensive and risky option is to purchase a OEM windshield from your local car or truck dealer. We say risky because you would typically only receive a twelve month, twelve thousand mile warranty for workmanship and defects as opposed to receiving a lifetime warranty for as long as you own your vehicle for workmanship and defects if you purchased an OEM aftermarket windshield or an OEE aftermarket windshield from us here at Phoenix Glass.
For a new replacement windshield, door, quarter or rear window back glass, you have three options.Your first option is to select an OEM aftermarket windshield made byone of the (OEM aftermarket windshield manufacturers), such as PGW, Pilkington, etc.
All windshields and other auto glass parts like door, vent, quarter and rear window back glass windows come from a variety of different manufacturers with close but at the same time different degrees of quality.The information on this page will help you sort out the difference.