What Are OEM Parts?
Never Settle for Less than OEM
In just about any industry, there are varying quality of parts that you can use. It doesn’t matter if you are fixing computers, cars, or any other product that has a brand name attached to it; you have the option to use OEM or third party parts.
When it comes to your vehicle, you really only want to use the best products. They will last the longer, they will function the best, and they will provide the safest ride. Here are your options.
For many people who are repairing a vehicle at home, pulling parts off another car or truck and using them is a perfectly good option. This is especially true when you’re working on an older vehicle and the original parts are no longer made.
When it comes to auto body repair, it’s not as good of an idea. Your vehicle is already banged up, and you want it fixed. It’s important to get high quality new parts put on.
Third Party Materials
With older vehicles you often don’t have a choice. You can use recycled parts, or third party parts. These are the ones that have been designed exactly the same as the original, but the originals are no longer manufactured. The quality will vary depending on materials and craftsmanship when putting them together.
Third party parts aren’t bad; they’re just not as good as original parts.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. These are the parts that are made by the company that built the vehicle in the first place. That means if you’re replacing a headlight assembly, you’re replacing it with the exact same design and quality of materials as the original. When it comes to your, and your family’s, safety, always opt for the best.
Often people will skip using OEM because the non-OEM, or third part, parts are cheaper. The problem is that some are made with inferior materials, and they won’t last as long as the originals.
Big Sky Collision Center Uses OEM Parts
When you have been in an accident, you want your vehicle repaired the right way. You don’t want lower quality parts used to replace the high quality ones that were damaged. Don’t settle for third party, come to a collision repair shop in Billings that only uses the best parts around.
Whenever there’s a choice between using a third party piece, or an OEM piece, we will always opt for the higher quality OEM choice.