Chester VA Body Shop | Aftermarket vs OEM Car Parts
What’s The Difference!?
More often than not, customers ask us what is the cheapest part we can use when making auto body repairs to their vehicle. Unfortunately, there is the misconception that purchasing aftermarket parts, rather than the parts made by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), is one in the same. NOT TRUE! Please take the time to read this post, Chester VA Body Shop | Aftermarket vs OEM Car Parts, because we care, and we want you to be informed.
Aftermarket parts are NOT the same as OEM parts, and may not be as safe or last as long. Over the years we have helped many customers with insurance claim and have learned that not all insurance companies will pay for OEM parts. The best thing to do before getting a vehicle repaired is to talk with a licensed insurance agent and have them review your auto insurance policy.
Safety is Our Number One Priority
Many aftermarket parts are equal, and sometimes better than, the OEM parts. However, auto body parts such as reinforcements, hoods, and headlamps affect the safe design of the original structure. Engineers who design automobiles make multitudes of calculations to ensure the safety of passengers. The calculations include compaction rates on items that have a direct effect on airbag timing.
“Thousands of cars and light trucks are repaired every year with aftermarket parts. It’s been that way the 70s, when auto-repair shops were no longer required to use OEM parts. Because most of the independently made parts are lower-priced, they have also helped to bring down the prices of all OEM parts”, says Loretta Worters, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute (III).
When it comes to safety, Conner Brothers does not believe in taking any chances and we always recommend OEM parts versus aftermarket ones. And while we don’t want you or your family to be involved in an accident again, this is truly the only way to ensure your vehicle will react as it was designed and will be “Crash Worthy”.
Crashworthiness: Chester VA Body Shop | Aftermarket vs OEM Car Parts
At Conner Brothers Body Shops, your family’s safety is our #1 priority! We will guarantee a “crash worthy” repair every time! Crashworthiness focuses on occupant protection to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries that occur in the United States each year. This research program is responsible for developing and upgrading test procedures for evaluating motor vehicle safety. Our technicians keep up to date with the ongoing Crashworthiness research so that our repairs coincide with the new and improved vehicle design, safety countermeasures and equipment that enhance our clients’ safety.
Aftermarket parts may affect the resale value of your vehicle. Car dealers typically have a professional inspect vehicles before they consider them as trade-ins. Aftermarket parts affect the value of the vehicle in that they are not designed to meet the specifications required of the vehicle. OEM parts may help with maintaining a higher value for your vehicle.
For more information about aftermarket parts vs OEM visit Edmunds online at http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/aftermarket-versus-manufacturer-car-parts.html. i-Car.com also provides usefull information.
Our Promise to the Community
Conner Brothers Body Shop Recycled Rides is a program to give those folks who have experienced difficult times in our community a chance at reliable transportation. We are committed to giving several cars away each year. Once every 6 months we take a donated car, get our parts suppliers and service partners involved, repair it and through a wonderful relationship with NBC 12, and we find a family in need and give the car to them! Here again, we only use OEM parts to ensure the safety of the people in need as well! Click here for more information about Conner Brothers Body Shop Recycled Rides.