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Old Thu, Aug-30-2012, 05:10:26 PM   #1
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Default Windshield replacement. OEM vs Aftermarket/Safelite, etc

There's a pretty large crack on my dad's new Toyota. Insurance covers glass here, but is there any downside to going to Safelite or some aftermarket comapny versus getting an OEM piece of glass?

Car does only have 3k miles on it.
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What makes you think Toyota uses better OEM glass than aftermarket?
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I had mine replaced on my Tundra and specified OEM glass through an aftermarket comapny. What came did not have Toyota anywhere on it, but I doubt that any glass is better than any other. The thing they did screw up is got one without the hookup for the windhield deicer I guess but I told em to just put it in since I live in Florida. I also had them reetch the VIN in the windshield like my OEM one had. I think the windshield business is really a big scam job as I have had guys come door to door checking windshields trying to get you to make claims in free windshield replacement states. I'm sure they charged my Insurance a boatload for OEM glass and probably put in the same $200 piece they would charge a non insurance customer.
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Safelite is absolute shit. They actually manufacture their own glass. It is cheap and thin- guaranteed to crack/chip. There are plenty of other after market companies, just don't use Safelite.
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OEM.....no brainer
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Im currently in process of replacing windshield on my e30. BMW quoted me $950 and Safelite quoted me $240. What are some better alternatives?
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I got OEM glass for my E36M3 Coupe from my local BMW dealership for $163 and $15 for the gasket. Trust me when I say BMW has a TON of mark-up on glass. Try and have your dealership price match an online retailer such as Tischer or BMWPartStore.
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The install is just as important as which glass you choose and for this reason I personally wouldn't use Safelite. I am not trying to bash all Safelite installers because I am sure some are good ones, but I would prefer to use a more reputable company. Keep in mind that when you take your car to the dealer for glass replacement, there is a very good chance they are subbing this work out to a national chain or local company. You could call and see if they can tell you who they use. My local BMW dealer was willing to give me that info.

I am no glass expert, but this is what I believe to be true.

OE glass = the glass you would get from the dealer. It will more than likely have the vehicle manufacturer name and/or logo on it. Keep in mind that dealers sometimes change glass companies, so the manufacturer that made the glass when your car was built may not be the current manufacturer.

OEM glass = glass made by a company that supplies glass to the manufacturers. They more than likely use the actual mold the OE company uses to make the replacement glass. This glass should be of equal quality to the OE glass, but will not have the vehicle name or logo on it. Still a very good quality glass.

Aftermarket glass = not made by a company that supplies glass to vehicle manufacturers. Pretty much a crap shoot with regards to fit and quality.

The install is just as important as the actual glass. The installers have to be sure to remove all of the original adhesive, prime any scratches on the metal frame where the glass sits, and use a good quality adhesive on the new glass. Then the car needs to sit long enough for everything to set up before driving away.

I would personally choose a company that is AGRSS certified. You can find one close to you on this website.

http://www.safewindshields.org/

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