If you haven’t already you should take a quick read of our previous post on OEM parts here. It is still one of the most common areas that people are afraid to ask about. But why is this? Well first of all for many people, going into an auto body shop there is the dreaded fear that you are going to get hit with a massive bill for what you thought was a minor dent. Couple that with the confusing ‘auto-slang’ that many technicians use and you might want to just get out of there with your car ASAP. But here at Sudden Impact Auto Body we make sure to take the time and explain the process to our customers. Getting in a car accident, regardless of the level of severity can be a traumatic experience for many people, and we feel it is our duty to take the time to go through our process, explain why we do things the way we do, and try and get you back on the road as quickly as possible with your complete piece of mind. So here are a few things to consider when you hear the phrase OEM parts.
What Are OEM Parts?
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which means that these parts are made by the automaker of the car. For example if you have a Toyota car, your best option is to get the parts that are perfectly suited to replace your damaged ones. We will go into more detail below about why it is best to always choose OEM Parts for your car collision repair.
What Is The Alternative To OEM Parts?
The other option that is cheaper (something we would only recommend if your safety wasn’t jeopardized) is to go with Aftermarket Parts. These parts, although they may look and feel like exact replicas to the untrained eye, are manufactured by third party independent companies. But what is the difference if they look and feel the same? Lets explain:
Are OEM Parts A Safer Option?
Only OEM Parts are required by law to pass under the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards regulations. So you can be sure that these parts have been extensively tested for head on impacts, rear-end collisions, and T-bone collisions (side impact). That is why at Sudden Impact Auto Body we always use OEM parts in our car repairs process. Aftermarket parts do not come with this guarantee, your car may look like new aesthetically, however you are more at risk from future injury if you get in another similar car accident. The question is, what is your safety worth to you?
What Is The Performance Of OEM Parts Like?
Similar to the previous point on safety, OEM parts go through extensive testing before they are approved for distribution out into the public. One criterion that is tested is endurance. These parts are made to last for the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. With Aftermarket Parts there is no guarantee what quality you are buying. From an experienced auto body shop in Las Vegas, we have seen the performance and product deteriorate a lot quicker, resulting in it having to be replaced a lot sooner. As the old saying goes: buy cheap buy double.
Will Equipping OEM Parts Affect My Resale Value?
Yes. Due to the uncertainty of quality in an Aftermarket Part, you are required to state the condition the car is when you sell it, including if any original car parts have been replaced, and what they have been replaced with. You will find that people who know a base knowledge about cars will be wary of purchasing one with a part that is of an unknown quantity. Without the original manufacturers guarantee, the parts used will lessen the value.
At the end of the day the decision to go with OEM or Aftermarket Parts falls on you. Although you can save some money in the short term, we have found that it is rarely the case in the long term. And we aren’t just talking about money either. Aftermarket parts lessen the performance, value, and safety of your car. At Sudden Impact Auto Body in Las Vegas, we prefer to use OEM parts, and have always been proud to stand by our work.
Your car is one of the largest investments you make. Preserve its value and you and your families safety by having it repaired professionally. We care about your car and we care about you. Sudden Impact Auto Body is committed to getting you back on the road and on with your life. If you are in need of an auto body shop in Las Vegas, call us today on (702) 457-3002. You can also find our contact information here.