When you think of the windshield on your Mercedes-Benz vehicle, what goes through your mind? Does it provide you with enough visibility to see what’s in front of you? Does it silence any outside noise? It may come as a surprise to you, but your windshield is equipped with advanced technology and is “an integral part of several advanced safety systems” (I-CAR).
Here at Mid-Island Collision, we get New York drivers asking us all the time, “what happens during a windshield replacement?” We’re here to let you know what happens during this type of repair and the differences between OEM and Aftermarket glass. We do this so that you have a better understanding of what to expect during the repair process.
Collision repair is extremely complex nowadays and requires technicians to have extensive training to know how to repair your car correctly. We wish we could say all repair shops have this same level of expertise, but the reality is they don’t. New York is a state that doesn’t require technicians to be licensed to perform a repair.
How do you know your car is repaired the right way? It’s anyone’s guess, but it all comes down to where you take your vehicle.
What Are OEM Parts and Repairs?
Each car manufacturer releases various repair requirements for technicians to follow, known as OEM repair procedures. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer” and are the highest quality and safest repairs out there for your car. OEM parts are also the highest quality since they are the exact factory parts your vehicle came with.
You paid a lot for your car, and you want to maintain the car’s value for as long as possible. When a technician follows OEM repair procedures and uses genuine Mercedes-Benz replacement parts and accessories, the performance and structural integrity of your vehicle are preserved.
What Are Aftermarket Parts?
Aftermarket parts are a lower quality, less expensive option that is nowhere near the same quality or fit you’d find an OEM part. Not to mention, using aftermarket glass can cause the advanced safety features (such as ADAS) your Mercedes-Benz is equipped with to longer work properly. The ADAS systems in your car are made up of a network of sensors. The most common of these sensors are radar, camera, and ultrasonic.
According to a Mercedes-Benz Replacement Glass & Glazing position statement, “Aftermarket glass often does not account for these complex electrical components and may interfere with your vehicle’s electronic systems, or cause these electronic systems to not function properly.”
Glass Repair on 2016-2019 Mercedes-Benz Vehicles
Each car releases different position statements regarding different repair procedures on their vehicles. When it comes to replacement glass and glazing, Mercedes-Benz specified in a statement that using their glass will ensure the right fit, clarity, “and the overall integrity of your vehicle.” Anything less, such as aftermarket parts, can cause a variety of different problems to occur.
When it comes to specific Glass repair procedures, here’s what Mercedes-Benz had to say for the 2016-2019 model year vehicles. It’s important to know that there may be vehicle-specific repair procedures for technicians to follow:
-“Mercedes-Benz specifies its own product line of cleaner, adhesive, and primer for bonded glass.
-Be sure to refer to the urethane manufacturer’s directions for curing time specifications, and do not use adhesive after its expiration date.
-During the installation process, it is important to keep a side window open until the installation is complete. This will help to prevent the sealant from cracking should the doors be opened and closed, causing a pressure change.
-Head-up display must be checked for proper display on the windshield and calibrated if necessary.
-As a special caution, vehicles equipped with a camera collision warning system, Night View Assist, and rain sensors will need to have the systems calibrated.”
Mercedes-Benz also goes on to state that there could be several systems affected in the repair process if genuine OEM parts aren’t used. They are:
Collision warning system
This is why technicians must follow the repair procedures your car’s manufacturer releases, or your safety could be at risk. There is a reason why these are in place, and that’s keeping your safety as a top priority. However, many repair shops will often cut corners in the repair process and use what’s known as “aftermarket parts” in replacement of OEM parts.
Where In New York Can I Get Proper Glass Repair For My Mercedes-Benz?
Here at Mid-Island Collision, we are Long Island’s top choice for luxury car repair. We are a Mercedes Benz Elite 2 OEM Certified repair shop, which means we know how to repair your car precisely as Mercedes would instruct.
We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with excellence in customer service and the high-quality repair you deserve. If you’d like to schedule an estimate or wish to get a free online quote, click here to get started. Or, free free to call us anytime at (516)-766-0101.