What does OEM stand for in car parts?
Many of us have been asked when choosing parts or repairs, "which parts do you prefer, new or aftermarket?" Choosing the right part can be difficult, but what are the differences? Understanding how they compare is important for choosing the correct repair or parts for your vehicle.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. These are parts made by your vehicle's manufacturer.
What does aftermarket mean for cars?
Aftermarket parts are not created by your vehicle’s manufacturer. There are many of companies that create and sale replacement parts.
3. Quality: Aftermarket parts may lack the overall quality of OEM parts. OEM parts have been shown to withstand more damage if involved in a collision then aftermarket parts. OEM parts are higher quality overall.
4. Availability: There are usually multiple manufacturers of aftermarket parts making them more available.
5. Warranty: Some aftermarket parts do not come with a warranty. OEM parts on the other hand do come with a warranty. Whether you decide to choose OEM or aftermarket parts your vehicles warranty will not be voided.
1. Price: OEM parts tend to be more expensive. Aftermarket parts may be less expensive because more manufactures produce them.
2. Fit: A common problem found in aftermarket parts is fit. OEM parts are more likely to fit properly, resulting in a higher quality repair.
How do OEM and aftermarket parts compare?
Which parts to choose?
Both Aftermarket and OEM parts come with advantages and disadvantages. If you have been in a collision it is recommended that you choose OEM parts for a safer repair. Aftermarket parts do not hold their structural integrity as well OEM parts in a collision. When purchasing parts and having your vehicle repaired it is important to choose a shop that the you trust.
At Precision Collision Auto Body we are passionate about auto body and repairing vehicles. We believe that it shows in every repair that we complete. We have trained and certified staff that will make sure that your repair is completed to the highest standards. We specialize in collision, glass, and PDR ( paintless Dent repair ).
We can handle your claims process so you can focus on what really matters. We will also work with you to find the best solution to fit your budget if you are paying out of pocket. We work with all insurances, and self-paying customers. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at (320) 685-5310. You can also stop in for a free estimate or schedule to receive your estimate online.