This is the auto glass that 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 auto 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 auto glass will save you money over Dealer auto glass but offer the same safety and specs needed to maintain your car’s structural integrity.
Aftermarket Auto Glass
Aftermarket auto glass is made by companies that do not have the legal right to manufacture auto glass to the exact same 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.