Originally posted by nsxtasy:
This often means you get non-factory glass. Beware, OEM does not mean a Honda original part.
OEM means precisely that it's a Honda original part. However, I think what you're saying is that the insurance company may use deceptive terms like "OEM equivalent" to refer to parts that are not made by Honda. Or they may even call the part "OEM" when it's not.
I should know better than to explain less than fully.
To you and me and any honest person OEM should mean a Honda part. However, technically it means that it was made by an Original Equipment Manufacturer. Most auto manufacturers (I suspect Honda included) do not make their own glass, they outsource them like many other things. There are a limited number of actual glass manufacturers used by the auto industry, and they
are the OEMs. However, they also make glass to be sold through auto glass shops which may or may not be to the same specifications as the true original part. This is what you get from auto glass shops, and often from dealers cutting corners or working with insurance companies. Is it as good? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I don’t hesitate to use them on some cars, but I bought the Honda part for my NSX.
An auto glass shop or dealer can "honestly" insist that they are selling you an OEM part, but it won't say Honda on it and it is not necessarily made to Honda specs. In the case of the NSX, the "fake" one will probably be thicker and heavier (and perhaps less likely to break) among other things.
So, OEM does not necessarily mean Honda in today’s industry terminology, but everyone wants you to think that it does.