When you’ve been in an accident and your car needs collision repair, you want to know that your car is once again safe to drive. At Quanz Auto Body, we truly care about our customers, and we want to ensure that you do get your car back in the best condition possible so you know you can drive it safely for years to come.
One of the best ways to do that is to always choose OEM parts for collision repair.
What are OEM Parts?
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM parts are made bythe car manufacturer, not a third party. In other words, OEM parts are made specifically for your vehicle make and model.
The alternative to OEM parts are aftermarket parts—components manufactured by a third party. Aftermarket parts may be of comparable quality and fit…then again, they may not. Sometimes (and it’s not always easy to know when), aftermarket parts are not made to manufacturer specifications or properly fit a specific make and/or model. Because aftermarket parts are often designed to fit multiple makes and models, they are generally produced at high volume, and thus, they are usually cheaper.
Why You Should Always Choose OEM Parts for Collision Repair
Although aftermarket parts may reduce the cost of collision repair, the certified auto body technicians at Quanz Auto Body recommend choosing OEM parts for collision repair. Like we said earlier, OEM parts are made by your car’s maker—they fit your car. Period. And the right fit is crucial to ensuring the integrity and safety of your vehicle after an accident.
Plus, OEM parts give you greater assurance of quality and typically come backed by a more extensive warranty than aftermarket parts. And in some cases, the use of aftermarket parts may decrease the resale value of your car.
Unfortunately, some insurance companies try to reduce the cost of repairs they’re covering for you by approving estimates with aftermarket parts. At Quanz, we use OEM parts in our collision repair estimates to avoid cost comparisons that could jeopardize the quality of your repairs. But, if your insurance carrier insists on aftermarket parts, we will alert you so that you can contact your insurance provider and request approval for OEM parts. We are always happy to assist with your claims processing, so we’ll provide the documentation and communicate directly with your insurance carrier as needed.
Your safety is our priority. For collision repairs you can feel good about, contact us and find out for yourself what award-winning collision repair really is.