What's the Difference Between Aftermarket and OEM Parts?

Posted by Chris Medine on Sep 24, 2013 11:56:00 AM

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For most, the decisions and processes following an auto accident are confusing and stressful.  Where should I take my car?  What will my insurance cover?  How will I pay for medical treatments?  With so many questions already being considered, the question of whether your car should receive aftermarket or original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts is often overlooked. 

When your car is taken to a collision center, an estimate of the total cost of repair will be given.  This estimate will include details such as the type of parts to be used, and it must be approved by you before any part of the process can begin.  Before you approve this estimate, you should first understand the crucial differences between aftermarket and OEM parts:

Original Manufacturer (OEM) Parts: OEM parts are those that were originally made by the manufacturer of your vehicle for that particular model.  These parts will typically be of higher quality and will match your vehicle perfectly for a seamless repair.  For these same reasons, OEM parts often tend to deliver a higher level of safety as well.

Aftermarket Parts: Because OEM parts are often patented, they are not able to be exactly duplicated.  Many different companies may provide a part that is comparable to the original.  However, it will never be an exact match. These parts tend to be cheaper in cost and quality, and are often less safe due to imperfect fit and thinner metal.

How and what your insurance policy will cover for your auto repair will depend on many factors including the terms of your policy and who was at-fault for your accident.  In order to best protect yourself and your vehicle, it’s important to choose a Baton Rouge auto body repair facility that you can trust and that can help guide you through the process.  Make sure you have found one that answers directly to you as the consumer and not your insurance company.  Furthermore, you should determine that only the highest quality repair and parts will be provided, along with lifetime warranties.

By finding a collision center you can trust, you can have confidence in the quality of the repair of your vehicle, including the type of parts being used.  If you find yourself in need of auto body repair in the Baton Rouge area, contact Medine’s Collision Center.  We have years of experience in providing quality repairs with our expert team who help drivers navigate the often confusing world of insurance claims to ensure the best experience possible.  

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