When you take your car to a New York auto body shop, technicians will have a few options for where they’ll get the repair parts. These options are:
Aftermarket parts supplier
Direct from the manufacturer/dealer
To a New York car owner who may not be too familiar with the difference in car repair parts, it may not seem like there is a significant difference. However, each one of these parts is significantly different. Depending on which part is used, it will determine the overall safety and structural integrity of your vehicle.
We’re here to tell New York drivers what each part means on their repair estimate and why it’s critical to know the difference.
OEM parts (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. These parts are the same parts your car was manufactured with and are only available from the dealer. For example, if you own a BMW 3-Series, the parts for that car come directly from BMW and can only be purchased from a BMW dealer. They have never been used on any other vehicle and are designed for your specific vehicle to ensure safety and perfect fit.
Because OEM parts are specifically designed for your exact vehicle, they are also the safest and highest quality for your car. The advanced safety features your car is equipped with can only be repaired with OEM parts. Using anything less can severely damage your vehicle and cause these safety features to no longer work properly. As a result, your risk of getting in an accident significantly increases.
Although it’s clear these are the best choice out there for your car, they are also the most expensive. Insurance companies will typically hesitate to pay for OEM repair because of how expensive they are. They only want to pay for the cheapest and fastest repair possible, which usually excludes the use of OEM parts. Your insurance policy might even state that you agree to the use of non-OEM parts, such as salvage or aftermarket.
Naturally, you wouldn’t want anything less than OEM parts for your car. Well, we feel it’s our duty to let you know about salvage and aftermarket parts, as these could be what is written in your insurance policy.
Just as the name implies, Salvage parts are bought from your local salvage yard. Although they could be OEM parts, they are used and not guaranteed the same level of a perfect fit for your car. There are some repairs where this is less of an issue, but we refuse to give you anything less than the best here at Mid Island. Specific insurance policies might require that a shop use salvage suspension parts in the repair process. This is an area where some manufacturers, like Volvo, have had an issue in the past. For example, Volvo suggests that the steering rack gets completely replaced with any front end or sideswipe damage what so ever. This is just one example of a manufacturer stressing the importance of a shop using OEM parts for your car repair.
Aside from that, one of the biggest problems with salvage parts is they are in no condition to be in or on your car. The parts will typically require some repair of their own before they’re in “good enough” condition to be placed on your car. These salvage parts might even have more wear and tear than your actual vehicle. We know that simply using an OEM part is the best option all around. Period.
Lastly, we’re here to tell you what aftermarket parts mean for your car. Between the three different part options, this is, by far, the least desirable for both the auto body repair shop and you, the customer. Aftermarket parts are made by a company other than the original part manufacturer and in no way capable of giving you the same level of safety that you’d get from OEM repairs. These parts are cheap quality, rarely correctly fit on your car, and are often part of recalls for warranty issues. If you notice a piece doesn’t seem to fit well on a car, that’s usually the result of an aftermarket repair. Aftermarket parts are also the least expensive option out there, and you can see why. Every single car manufacturer highly recommends not using aftermarket parts because they know what this means for your safety.
If an auto repair shop uses them for the repair of your vehicle, it can also void your warranty without your knowledge. This is why it’s critical you know exactly what parts are going on your car.
What Are Your Options As A New York Car Owner?
If you are against using anything other than OEM parts, the easiest thing to do is to pay the difference out of pocket. This can be a reasonable amount, but it can also be costly, depending on what needs to be done to your car. However, OEM repairs are the best option out there and what every car manufacturer requires for proper car repair.
One thing to keep in mind is New York doesn’t require technicians to have a license to work on your car. This means they can do whatever they want to your vehicle in the repair process and not be required to follow any laws for car repair. You must take your vehicle to be repaired somewhere that knows the importance of these repairs and refuses to take any shortcuts in the repair process to meet the insurance company’s unrealistic deadline.
Where In New York Can I Get My Car Repaired The Right Way?
Here at Mid Island Collision Center, we only give the highest level of auto body repair. We know how confusing the repair process can be, especially when you feel the pressure from your insurance company. They want you to get your car back as soon as possible, but because they have a budget set in mind. However, can you ever put a price on having the safest and highest quality repair for your car?
We refuse to repair any vehicle that comes into our shop any other way but the OEM way, because that’s the ONLY way cars should be repaired. No repair is ever the same, even if two identical cars were hit the exact same way. We would still complete a unique repair plan to each individual car and that’s the quality of service you should expect out of a car repair.
Our technicians are all highly trained in OEM repairs because they know the importance of these repairs. We feel quite confident we’d be able to provide you with the excellence in customer service and high quality that you deserve. If you’d like to schedule an estimate or to get a free online quote, click here to get started. Or, feel free to give us a call at anytime at (516)-766-0101. We look forward to hearing from you!