Getting into an automobile accident is by no means fun. But heading to a repair shop for estimates and parts can be overwhelming if you’re not familiar with the terminology of the replacement parts. Terms like OEM, aftermarket and salvaged parts can be used to describe the new parts that will repair your damaged vehicle to make it safe and operable again.
So what is OEM?
OEM is an abbreviation for Original Equipment Manufacturer. That means the parts are made directly by your car’s manufacturer and not by a third party manufacturer. OEM parts, because they are made by the manufacturer, fit the specifications of your car’s particular make and model and since they are designed for your car, they will fit perfectly in your vehicle without any modifications.
With OEM parts you have the greater assurance that you are receiving the best quality part possible and a warranty that the part is void of any defect. This reassurance does come with a higher price tag than the aftermarket parts or even the salvaged parts. Some insurance companies will not pay for the original part without you having, prior to the accident, requested OEM parts to be used. This selection would have resulted in a higher insurance bill.
What are Aftermarket Parts?
Aftermarket parts are manufactured by a company other than your car manufacturer. They can be produced at a high volume and made to fit the specifications of different types of vehicles, not just a single car make and model. They are similar to OEM parts in quality but they may not be a perfect fit because they are made by a third party, this usually results in modifying the part slightly to fit your car’s exact model and specifications.
Besides being the “off” brand selection, aftermarket parts tend to be less expensive, and be more accessible as a replacement part for your vehicle.
Even though there may be a place for aftermarket parts in collision repair, we advise to take precaution in what your manufacturer states as a safe repair with what parts you may or may not use as a replacement.
Most insurance companies will pick aftermarket parts as the part of choice because they are readily available and not as pricy as OEM options.
What are Salvaged Parts?
Have you ever heard someone sell their car for parts? Salvaged parts come from those cars and are sold to repair shops to fix the same make and model of a damaged car. The parts are tested for quality but are in used condition.
Since the parts are second hand, they are often cheaper than the unused OEM and aftermarket parts. But the great thing about salvaged parts are that they are usually OEM parts. So you are receiving a high quality part that will fit your make and model of car, just at a significantly reduced price.
If you are in need of a friendly and dedicated repair center or have questions concerning OEM, aftermarket or salvaged parts, look no further. Bumpers Etc. Auto Body & Collision strives to have the highest level of customer service and wishes customers to know that their vehicle is in good hands. Top of the line products are always used and backed with years of experience and professionalism. We take pride in all of our repairs and treat each vehicle as if it was ours with 100% satisfaction guaranteed!