So I have learned my lesson in STAYING AWAY FROM SEMI TRUCKS ON THE FREEWAY
I have called my insurance company and have arranged a windshield replacement for $100 deductible; however, I'm concerned that the repair center will install aftermarket glass. I really want OEM replacement parts and have made it clear to the insurance and repair center. I did a little research and found a Mopar replacement part number 68088537AA with MSRP $475.
How can I make sure the repair center will not deceive me by installing cheap parts? I have my appointment tomorrow and the glass company claims to install Mopar part N.o 1881. That part number does not exist.
Most aftermarket Jeep glass from what I have seen has the Jeep logos on it. Mopar probably does not make the glass anyway and has somebody else doing it. Demanding Mopar glass is kind of like demanding a Mopar lift. It is 2 to 3 times the price and half as good as aftermarket. Its not like a BMW of Mercedes where its going to affect the resale value by having 3rd party glass in it.
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
AEV Pintlers, front and rear bumpers
GY Duratracs 33s
JW Speaker 8700s and 6145s and Recon LED Tail Lights
IPF 900XS with HID conversion
Trek Armor Seat Covers
10A Rubicon Lift
There is no such thing as "OEM" glass since Chrysler doesn't produce glass. They are subcontracted out. From all the info I have been told, manufacturer glass is made to a lower (cheaper) standard, so getting a PPG windshield is actually better than OEM glass produced by PPG.
* PPG is now PGW, but I still refer to them as PPG.
Mine cracked in much the same way - rock hit at the base of the windshield. $500 deductible on insurance and since I figured it would probably happen again, I went with the cheaper generic windshield. Affordable Auto Glass in Houston. Nothing wrong with it - $124.44 drive out.
Had mine cracked and replaced in December. Safelite took 3 attempts to get the glass in correctly where it was not whistling. Will not use them again. Also, went with a lower deductible on my insurance as it seems like cracked windshields are common.
2012 JKU Sport Deep Cherry Red
3.5" FabTech Lift
Mickey Thompson Classic III
33" Nitto Terra Grappler
I got the "Titan" insurance through the dealership. Typically I won't buy dealer insurance/rust proofing/fabric guard however for $549 I got 5 years coverage of unlimited windshields, free key replacements and they will also repair door dings all with no deductible.
With my track record, I'll probably go through at least 3 windshields at $300 deductible each within 5 years, so it was a no brainer for me. I'm not sure if Titan warranty is available outside of Canada though..