Why Buy Genuine or Approved Car Parts and Accessories?
Friday, 22 June 2018
With the huge range of car parts and accessories available it can be hard to know which you should choose. Should you go for the cheaper aftermarket offers or would you be better choosing genuine OE parts and accessories? And while we’re discussing this, what exactly do OE and OEM mean?
OE stands for Original Equipment. These are the parts which would have been used when your vehicle was built and the accessories that have been specifically designed for it and approved by the vehicle manufacturer.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. This is a parts or accessories manufacturer approved by the vehicle manufacturer e.g. Vauxhall, Skoda. Mazda or Kia, to make parts or accessories for the vehicles they produce.
So what’s the difference between Genuine OE and Aftermarket parts and accessories?
Genuine OE parts and accessories are engineered to precise and exact specifications and standards. They are designed to match the exact specification of the vehicle they have been produced for, using the latest materials and technological advances. They may in some cases be a little more expensive than aftermarket parts and accessories, but they have been specifically designed for your vehicle.
Aftermarket parts have their place, they are generally less expensive than genuine OE parts, but have not been designed by the vehicle manufacturer and so can’t guarantee the best fit, quality or reliability, which can in some cases lead to more frequent replacement and labour costs.
Which should I choose?
The choice of course is yours, however, for reliability and quality we would recommend the parts and accessories that are supplied by the vehicle manufacturer.