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OEM vs Aftermarket Parts Replacement

June 27, 2019 in Tips

If you have been involved in an auto collision and faced with having a car in a repair or collision shop – you well know it can be a stressful time for anyone. When will the vehicle be ready? What will insurance cover? How much will this cost me out-of-pocket? These are just a few of the many questions you may have when your vehicle ends up undergoing repair.

To add to the growing stress, many customers find it difficult to navigate through the insurance claims process and quite often find their hands tied by the insurance companies funding their collision repair. You need to keep in mind, you have the right to choose where and how your vehicle is repaired.

The main issue driving parts decisions is the overall cost of the repair; insurance companies wanting to cover the minimum requirements, and customers making sure the total cost is covered without much out-of-pocket expense. It’s a common perception that the lowest price is an aftermarket part repair that may save money, yet pose other issues down the road.

Only six states require the consent of the insured before using non-OEM parts, which leaves you in the dark about potential risks. A.U.T.O Collision would like to share the differences and potential risks in the long run regarding your collision repair.

Here are a few key items to keep top-of-mind before you choose a collision repair shop.

Non-OE Parts Usage
It should come to no surprise to you, salvage and aftermarket parts are often of lesser quality compared to OE parts and are made with cost-efficient materials. Using these parts could potentially lead to return visits or even your safety due to part failure. For this reason, all manufacturers discourage the use of non-OE parts for the best interest of all customers. A.U.T.O Collision will repair your vehicle with your safety in mind, every time!

System Compatibility
Technological advancements allow different systems within the vehicle to communicate, making for a better, safer driving experience. Complex automobiles ultimately lead to more complex repairs. Aftermarket part manufacturers don’t always have the capability to create these parts, mostly because OEMs have patents on their new technology. FTI Journal reports remanufacturing low-tech mechanical components (brakes, suspension, alternators, etc.) has been the main focus of the Aftermarket industry, however, the new technology in vehicles has many barriers to entry and simply cannot mimic the OEM part at a reasonable rate to be suitable for repairs and meet customer needs.

OE Parts Come With Warranties
While A.U.T.O Collision offers a lifetime warranty on the workmanship for as long as you own your vehicle, it is important to consider parts warranties as well. Warranties with OE parts is one of the best perks of utilizing OE parts. If the part fails, the warranty will cover the expense of replacing the part providing assurance that you are receiving a quality repair.

For a complete outline of all the benefits and risks when choosing OE parts vs aftermarket parts, read on!

OEM Pros

• You get one option: Go to a dealership for a replacement part and they will most likely present one option in the form of the OEM part made for your vehicle. No need to compare the quality of different brands and prices.
• Exceptional quality: Because the part is specifically intended for your car, it should work just like the original. It’s what the vehicle was manufactured with and gives you peace of mind since you are familiar with its performance.
• Warranties: A majority of automakers back up their OEM car parts with a one-year warranty. Oftentimes, the dealership includes a labor warranty.

OEM Cons

• Costs more: Most OEM parts are more expensive than aftermarket parts—as much as 60 percent higher.
• Quality not guaranteed: You paid more for OEM parts, so you assume it’s better quality. This is not always true, though. – in some cases, you’re just paying extra for the brand name.

Aftermarket Pros

• Less expensive: These parts usually cost less than OEM. Compare a few brands, but always buy from a legitimate business.
• Near equal quality: The quality of some aftermarket parts can be equal to or better than OEM parts. Research your specific part before choosing an aftermarket brand.
• Availability: There’s a good chance that an auto parts shop or local mechanic has your part in stock, meaning you have more choices when it comes to where you can have your vehicle serviced.

Aftermarket Cons

• Quality varies: Some aftermarket parts are made from lower-quality materials. It’s best to choose a well-known aftermarket brand.
• Too many options: You might become overwhelmed by the selection of aftermarket parts. Too many options can, unfortunately, make it easier to choose something of lower quality.
• No warranty: Some aftermarket parts do not come with a warranty. This keeps costs down for the maker.

If you are still unsure of what type of collision repair service is right for you, contact us today!

For helpful advice or to learn more about our services, contact A.U.T.O. Collision at 801.568.0305 or visit the shop at 215 West 9210 South, Sandy, Utah 84070. We are here to serve you Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5:30 pm.

AUTO Collision is here in your time of need. No one wants to go through more hassle after an accident. Schedule an Appointment and we’ll help you through the repair process.

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