OEM or Aftermarket Parts for Your Car Repair

Here at Collision Centerz, our technicians take pride in the work that we do and always do our best to choose OEM parts for your car repair. However, if a customer requests we use an aftermarket part, we will work with that as well and do our best to get you the best piece for your vehicle. We want to make sure that our customers not only leave happy, but have vehicles running smoothly. Hopefully this article will help you decide if you should choose OEM or aftermarket parts for your car repair.

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Parts

The vehicle’s manufacturer makes OEM parts for your specific vehicle. These parts are typically much more expensive than an aftermarket part, but because they are new, it’s very rare that there will be any defects. 

Aftermarket Parts

Third parties make aftermarket parts. Think of it as the generic brand of the manufacturer. Often, these parts fit various models of different types of vehicles. unlike OEM that’s made for just one. Since they are versatile, these parts don’t always fit perfectly, but will cost a lot less than an OEM part. 

OEM or Aftermarket Parts for Your Car Repair: Differences

Some things to remember when choosing an OEM or aftermarket part is the warranty on pieces. For most aftermarket parts, there won’t be any warranty because this is what keeps the cost of the part low. Since OEM parts are new, the manufacturer will usually provide a warranty. Another thing to keep in mind is that if you decide on selling your car, aftermarket parts will decrease the vehicle’s book value. 

How Do These Parts Affect Your Insurance? 

OEM parts must be used after auto accidents, unless the customer specifically requests aftermarket parts. The insurance company must cover costs of these parts. However, if your vehicle was not new at the time it was damaged, there are instances when an OEM part is not always required. 

Collision Centerz in Ogden, UT Can Help

We hope this article helped you decide if OEM or aftermarket parts for your car repair. If you are unsure about which to choose for your vehicle’s make and model and the damage it experienced, you can always ask one of our technicians for suggestions. We will compare the price differences with you, warranties, and what would work best for your car after considering the year, make, and model. It’s not every day that you have to choose between an OEM part or aftermarket part, so we understand how you might be feeling about making this decision. We are here to help you every step of the way and will give our expert advice! 

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