My 2005 Escape windshield took a rock on the highway. The insurance
company says that the glass company needs to get an authoriation to
use Factory Glass (Carlite). The glass companys says that this glass
is no better than pinkerton glass. Anyone have experience? If the car
was older I suppose I wouldn't care, but it is brand new and I'd
prefer factory stuff as opposed to generic.
The OEM glass is more expensive than the aftermarket in
almost every case. The insurance company obligation is to
install an equivalant glass - not necessarily the same. If
the aftermarket glass meets the same standards, the
insurance company considers it equivalant. The glass
company needs the insurance to authorize the additional
expense of the OEM glass which they are not likely to do or,
you may be able to work out a deal with the glass company
where you pay the difference. You may find that difference
to be quite large on your end since the OEM glass is outside
the contract price to the insurance company. It works a bit
like your medical insurance - they pays what they pays - the
rest is up to you if you can cut a deal.
Amica insurance (GREAT COMPANY) told me to tell the glass company to
call them to get aithorization for OEM glass. The glass company did
that but they claim that the aftermarketglass is made by the same
company . Not sure I believe that.
In the end, I just want the windshield to be as good as the original
and no leaks.
I also want a good job. I have had two windshields replaced in two
other cars and they were hack jobs.
One glass repair firm left broken glass in the front seat. In another
instance the tech broke the plastic window trim and gouged the hood
because he was in a big hurry. His company of course repaired the
damage but it was a hassle.
The guys that are fixing the Escape are the ones that the dealer uses
so I figure I'm better off.
I still would like OEM glass and it looks like I'm getting it.
My real question is does it matter? Are there different grades of
Some after market parts are real junk but I'm not sure about glass.
Technically, it has to meet DOT standards. If installed by
the manufacturer, it may be required to meet additional
standards. The only way to be sure it is the same, you need
the OEM glass. I just had the w/s replaced in my F150
because of many miles of wear and tear. I went with an
equivalant glass that appears to have better features but,
it appears to me that the glass is a bit clouded especially
whe facing into a bright light like the sun. It is also
considered to be an equivalant glass for insurance
replacement. You may want to personally examine it for
clarity, etc. before it is installed. I do not know about
the escape but the tech who installed mine actually cut the
seal before attempting to remove the glass. It still
cracked but did not shatter. No glass schards have been
found inside. Sealants are also much better and are easy to
use simply by following the instructions. One thing you
should be aware of is the possibility of causing a leak by
closing all the windows and closing a door for 3-4 days
after the glass is set. Slaming a door with all the windows
closed right after can pop it right out because it just sits
on the sealer.
Even if it is made by the same company, it may not be made to the same
standards. The muffler companies make mufflers and exhaust pipes for the
aftermarket on totally seperate lines.
It is also very important that it gets installed correctly. The glass is a
structural element that keeps the roof from falling in a rollover crash and
adds to the integrity in a front crash.
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