ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT PARTS, COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS “OEM”, ARE ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES IN THE COLLISION REPAIR INDUSTRY TODAY. BUT THEY SHOULDN’T BE.
VIRTUALLY EVERY VEHICLE MANUFACTURER RECOMMENDS OR REQUIRES THE USE OF OEM PARTS WHEN COLLISION REPAIRS ARE MADE. THERE ARE MULTIPLE REASONS FOR THIS.
SAFETY – Your vehicle was designed and crash tested with original equipment parts, not imitation aftermarket parts. Substituting imitation parts can affect air bag timing which is critical to passenger safety. All of the parts on a vehicle are designed to work together and changes made to the vehicle that affect an air bag, by even a few thousands of a second, can put an occupant at risk.
FIT AND FINISH – Aftermarkets, as a general rule, do not provide the same fit as an OEM part. Aside from safety concerns, your vehicle may not look as good as it did prior to the accident.
DIMINISHED VALUE – A repair using imitation parts can hurt the value of your investment. If and when you sell your vehicle, the law requires that, if asked, you disclose the fact that it was in an accident. A potential buyer will look much closer than he or she normally would for repair flaws including how all of the parts align and function. They may even have a post repair inspection completed before making an offer. That purchase offer may not be made or is likely to be a lessor amount if there are problems related to the types of parts used to repair the vehicle.
WATCH THIS 25 SECOND VIDEO TO SEE WHY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT PARTS ARE CRITICAL TO VEHICLE SAFETY:
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