Over the past few years, car repair has had more change than ever before. The implementation of advanced safety technologies has made car repair exceptionally more difficult for technicians. It requires specialized skill and creating individual repair plans for each vehicle that comes into the shop.
Another big difference in car repair has been in the repair parts. If it’s been a while since you had your car repaired, you might be thinking parts are parts. Aren’t they all the same? The answer is no, and we’re here to explain why.
We at Mid Island Collision want to help New York drivers like you who may not be aware of the major differences between repair parts. Without you knowing what is going on your car, the repaired part might actually cause severe damage to your vehicle. The days of having the “same” repair for every car are forever in the past. No car repair is ever the same and the best technicians know this.
At the same time, many repair shops are constantly under pressure from insurance companies to perform fast repairs. When this happens, corners are often cut and parts can be put on your car that is far from what you’d want on your car. In fact, the wrong parts can cause the advanced safety features your car is built with to no longer work. Thus, putting you at an increased risk of getting involved in a car accident.
Below are the differences between OEM and Aftermarket repair parts.
What is OEM?
OEM is short for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” These are the parts that are made by the vehicle’s manufacturer to ensure your car is repaired back to factory condition. OEM parts are the safest and highest quality parts out there. As we mentioned above, car repair has had significant change, due to the advancements to car technologies, such as ADAS safety systems.
ADAS stands for “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.” These are the advanced safety technologies built into most modern cars and are engineered to keep you safe on the road. These features used to only be seen in luxury vehicles, but almost every new car comes standard with these features.
Some of the popular ADAS systems in cars are:
-Lane departure warning
-Forward collision warning
-Emergency driver assist
-Lane change assistance
And much more!
Auto repair technicians require a specific skill set to be up-to-date on following OEM repair procedures laid out by your car’s manufacturer. If they don’t, it can cause lasting damage to your car worse than what it was before you got it repaired. The best body shops have technicians who have been trained in performing OEM repairs and know the importance of following OEM repair procedures.
What are Aftermarket Parts?
“Aftermarket parts” are a fancy way of saying used parts. In fact, several repair shops still use these parts since many insurance companies will only pay for the use of NON-OEM parts. In addition, when shops are feeling the pressure to perform faster repairs, they might cut corners in the repair process and use aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts are significantly less expensive than OEM parts. Insurance companies want the cheapest repair out there.
Now, there are certain scenarios where using aftermarket parts on your car are acceptable. This is very rare, which is why you only want to have your car repaired following OEM repair procedures. It’s important you check your policy to see what you’re covered for.
Who can I trust in New York to repair my car the RIGHT way?
Here at Mid Island Collision, our technicians have received extensive training in following OEM repairs for every car that comes into our shop. We are always researching any of the latest repair procedures set out by car manufacturers because that’s the type of quality repair you deserve from a body shop.
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!