If we put two pieces of windshield glass side-by-side, would you be able to tell the difference between the two? Probably not.
If we told you one was original equipment glass and one was aftermarket glass, would that mean anything to you? Probably not.
If we let you know one was less expensive than the other, which one would you choose? You’d probably take the cheaper windshield, and you wouldn’t be alone.
Many auto glass replacement shops will choose aftermarket glass because it’s less expensive and easier to find. But cheap and easy don’t guarantee the best performance. Original equipment auto glass comes directly from the manufacturer who produced the original glass for your vehicle. It’s created to the exact specifications of your vehicle’s windshield frame using the same tools that produced your factory-installed windshield.
Aftermarket glass may not be manufactured to such exact measurements. The aftermarket glass makers might use different tools, so the fit won’t be as precise as the factory-installed windshield. You may experience wind rushing or even leakage around the edges.
And consider your safety. Windshield glass is designed to protect the occupants of the vehicle from injury in the event that the glass is broken. Original equipment windshields are laminated. In the event of an impact, the glass will crumble and adhere to the laminate. That prevents the occupants from being cut by the broken glass. Aftermarket windshield glass may not be manufactured to the same safety specifications.
Would you want to take the chance on sub-par quality glass just to save a few dollars?
We won’t. Crackmasters uses only original equipment auto glass for windshield replacements to guarantee the best replacement possible. No matter which company you choose to handle your windshield replacement, make sure they’re using original equipment automotive glass.