Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are specifically designed and engineered for your car by the manufacturer. They are rigorously tested to insure a proper fit, lasting durability, and most important, occupant safety during a collision. They are designed to be a perfect match for your car.
When OEM parts are used for auto repairs, vehicles should perform as well as they did before the accident.
In contrast, aftermarket parts are produced without the involvement or oversight of automakers. Aftermarket parts manufacturers often use reverse engineering. Disassembling OEM parts to see how they were made, then making something that appears to be the same. Often using lower-quality materials.
Counterfeit parts are another big problem. According to the Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council (A2C2), auto suppliers worldwide lost an estimated $45 billion dollars in 2011 alone, and it’s only gotten worse since then.
Unlike OEM parts, all aftermarket parts are not created equal. They are another good reason to Insist on Dealership Collision Repairs. Dealership Quality, Same Deductible!