When it comes to replacing a windshield, there are two main options: OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and aftermarket. OEM windshields are manufactured by the same companies that made the original windshield, and they will match the color, thickness, fit, and shape of the original. However, they come with a higher price tag - 40% to 60% more expensive than aftermarket windshields. Insurance companies may not cover the cost of OEM parts, but there are policies that include OEM windshield replacement for newer model vehicles.
On the other hand, aftermarket windshields or original equipment equivalents (OEE) are manufactured by the same companies that make OEMs, but the logo on the glass is that of the glass manufacturer, not that of the car manufacturer. OEE glass is usually less expensive than OEM glass, and some insurance companies prefer it due to its lower cost. When it comes to luxury vehicles like Mercedes Benz, OEM replacement of all parts is preferred as it ensures safety and security. This is because modern car manufacturers are increasingly demanding OEM windshields due to the integration of highly advanced technology connected to the windshield in premium models.
If you replace such windshields with normal aftermarket glasses, you may limit or disconnect certain features, compromising passenger safety. If you're looking to replace your windshield, you'll need to know the difference between OEM and aftermarket windshields. If you want to learn more about ADAS and associated windshield replacement costs, check out our post on the subject right here.