I read about someone having a situation where the dealer asked them if aftermarket was okay since OEM would take a long time to get, so they said okay. But then the dealer told them that when they installed the aftermarket windshield they were unable to calibrate the camera. The dealer was able to locate an OEM windshield at another dealer and installed it and everything was fine. Now whether that was an isolated incident, who knows.My 2019 Clarity touring PHEV requires a new windshield and is covered by my insurance. OEM is taking a long time, no delivery date at this point. Anyone know the pros and cons with using an aftermarket windshield? Thanks.
I have heard of calibration being included in the price even when windshield replacement is done at non-dealer shops. But yes you should always confirm that it is included. From what I understand some non-dealer shops can calibrate, although I suspect that is more rare. Others send you to a dealer afterwards, and the dealer bills the shop. I heard of one person who used Safelite, they were told to take the car to the dealer, Safelite came out and installed the windshield there, then the dealer calibrated it.Unless you have a heads up display (FCX) It shouldn't be an issue. Be sure that the company replacing the windshield also can calibrate the camera. Just snapping it on the new screen could mess up the LKAS, and calibration after the fact must be done by Honda (and for about $400).
I think it does depend on the local Safelite shop. The situations that I mentioned were all Safelite, at least most of them were from what I remember. So this leads me to believe that not all Safelite locations do calibration. From what I am able to gather if a Safelite shop cannot calibrate at their shop then they send you to the dealer for that part, but it's still all on one bill. I have never heard of a Safelite shop telling someone we only install, you are on your own as far as calibrating. Not saying that has never happened, but I am guessing that would be unusual at a Safelite shop. Now going to just a random repair place I suppose anything can happen, might have a perfectly good experience, or may have a situation where after the windshield replacement LKAS doesn't work anymore, and the shop says that's not something we do, and you then have to pay several hundred out of your own pocket at the dealer. I don't think I have heard about that actually happening, but it doesn't hurt to confirm ahead of time how the calibration will be handled.The only national aftermarket chain I know does it is Safelight, but it has to be at the shop, not an at home replacement. When my prius prime had a bad crack I used them. I took it to their shop and they did everything. They said they only do the calibration on their glass at the time if installation. I guess you have to check with the local shop.
I used Safelight for replacement. As good as new with calibrations.My 2019 Clarity touring PHEV requires a new windshield and is covered by my insurance. OEM is taking a long time, no delivery date at this point. Anyone know the pros and cons with using an aftermarket windshield? Thanks.
Thank you for sharing the probable cost. If I find Doctor Auto Glass can get an (aftermarket) replacement I will definitely share here. I will likely need to use my Honda HDS clone to try to calibrate it...Our replacement was $1800 before my insurance deductible. If I had opted to oat the whole thing on my own it would have been $1100 including the calibration. 3 months after replacement I had to go get a rock chip repair. My wife has magnets in her tires - she finds every nail in the road and I find the rocks with the glass.
Make sure the thickness is OEM spec! There is glass out there that is too thin.Doctor Auto Glass quoted me $350 almost suredly for aftermarket glass. Gonna try to figure out when one of us can bring it in. Will update on quality.
Without access to an edge, figuring out thickness might be tricky.Well, we had to send our son to Doctor Auto Glass and $350 later we got the aftermarket glass installed. I'm busy with jury duty and glad he willingly took it. BUT I wasn't able to figure out if it is the same thickness..