5 Tips for choosing the right auto body shop: Edmunds.com
WHAT PARTS SHOULD WE USE?
At some point in the life of your vehicle, you will need to replace some components or parts.
You have the option between using OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or aftermarket parts.
Ultimately, whether you decide to go with OEM of Aftermarket parts it is important to find an auto body shop you know and trust.
With our experience we can discuss and explore what make the most sense for you.
We can ensure we use the right parts and components for your specific vehicle regardless of make and model.
It is your car, and its your money. I’ve had clients with older cars elect to go with aftermarket bumpers, lights, what ever is needed. There can be substantial savings.
What Are Aftermarket Parts?
Aftermarket parts are parts for cars and trucks that do not originate from the cars manufacturer. These aftermarket parts and components, are not necessarily better than OEM replacements, which means that consumers must deal with reputable repair shops.
The aftermarket components are used in about eight out of ten independently owned repair shops (independently meaning shops that do not have associations with the car manufacturer). Dealership body shops use the official car components of that vehicle brand for your specific model all the time. In order to protect your warranty, it’s important to inquire any independent repair shop to verify that the aftermarket parts meet that standard; otherwise, your may end up losing your warranty.
Cost of Aftermarket Parts Vs. OEM Parts
In most cases, aftermarket parts are somewhat less expensive than OEM replacements, although the amount saved is dependent on the brand of the part so there is no common rule about how much money a car owner is saving by using aftermarket components.
My preference is to take all the factors into account and come up with the appropriate decision. My years of experience will help identify the correct course of action.
There are some aftermarket parts that work and fit as well as OEM parts.
It is a personal decision and we can work out what works best for you.
PROS AND CONS:
In an effort to help clarify the different options here is a link to an article created by Edmumnds. I have no affiliation with this company, but thought it is worth sharing.