IS YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY LOOKING AFTER YOU, OR JUST TRYING TO SAVE MONEY?
Maybe you are not sure what the difference is between an OEM and an Aftermarket part. An OEM part is an “Original Equipment Manufacturer” part. It is the part that the original manufacturer designed and crash tested to be put on that specific vehicle. This means these parts:
Þ Follow safety guidelines.
Þ Fit on your vehicle properly.
Þ Are designed to properly react in the instance of a collision.
Þ Designed to KEEP THE MOTORIST & OCCUPANTS SAFE in an accident!
So, why would anyone use parts other than the OEM recommended parts? The insurance industry tends to label the aftermarket parts as “Quality Replacement Part” (QRP) or “Like, Kind and Quality” (LKQ) on their estimates to hide what they really are – aftermarket parts. These sugar-coated labels distract from the fact that these automobile parts are not what the original manufacturer designed to be installed on your vehicle. The term aftermarket part is the insurance industry’s language for imitation, counterfeit, fake, and replica, not the same as OEM or original equipment manufactured parts. We have seen time and time again that these parts are inferior to the original equipment counterparts in each of (but not limited to) the following:
The wrong type of part used to repair your vehicle could make a severe difference in the aftermath of an accident, even if minor. Use the parts that were MADE for your vehicle. Do not let the insurance company make these decisions for you!