Regularly, our customers ask us how aftermarket (A/M) car parts are different than OEM parts – here’s our answer:
Aftermarket parts ARE…
Þ NOT manufactured by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Þ NOT covered by your original manufacturer’s warranty.
Þ NOT welded together with the same quality as OEM parts.
Þ NOT crash tested.
Þ NOT equivalent to OEM manufacturer parts.
Þ made of metals that are NOT the same thickness as OEM parts.
Þ coated with a cheap-graded primer that affects the final paint finish.
Aftermarket parts WILL…
Þ affect the safety and integrity your OEM designed for your vehicle.
Þ diminish the value of your vehicle (affecting trade-in values).
Þ re-engineer the impact and crash absorption of your vehicle.
Þ negatively affect the airbag and restraint systems.
Þ negatively affect your vehicle airbag sensors.
More to know…
Þ Aftermarket parts can be reconditioned parts – NOT NEW PARTS.
Þ A reconditioned wheel is a previously DAMAGED wheel that has been repaired and remarketed.
Þ Aftermarket parts can replace cosmetic and structural parts (parts that are necessary to keep you safe!)
Þ Aftermarket windshields WILL NOT withstand the same impact as OEM glass.
AFTERMARKET PARTS ARE CHEAPER – MAKING IT COST LESS TO REPAIR YOUR DAMAGED VEHICLE. CHEAP IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER.
WHO BENEFITS FROM THE USE OF AFTERMARKET PARTS, YOU OR THE INSURANCE COMPANY?