Why OEM Parts Matter
by William Wood
When we need to maintain or repair our vehicles, the first thing we do is worry about the expense. We rely on our vehicles and, when something breaks, getting it fixed at a price we can afford is essential. However, getting a vehicle fixed correctly is even more important, regardless of cost.
Why OEM Parts?
A mechanic who uses OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts is able to fix your vehicle correctly. OEM parts are made to the same exacting specifications as the parts used to build your car in the first place. Every tolerance, every bolt hole and every engineering specification for the original part is the same.
Aftermarket parts may promise increased performance, lower prices or even easier installation, but they may also be less reliable and, in some cases, may even void the warranty of your machine. Aftermarket parts that do not meet the same exacting specifications as the OEM parts could fail sooner and may create unanticipated problems like unexpected stress or wear on your engine or transmission.
If you have a motorcycle that is still under warranty and take it to a dealership for repair, OEM parts will always be used. Factory trained mechanics and technicians are trained with OEM parts and, in order to protect your warranty and the dealership, will use those parts to repair or maintain your vehicle. From air and oil filters used during routine maintenance to water pumps and transmissions, factory mechanics always use OEM parts.
Where Are OEM Parts Available?
If you choose to do the repairs yourself or your warranty has expired, keep in mind OEM auto and OEM motorcycle parts are available from several different vendors. With the ready availability of OEM parts from brick and mortar stores and from online parts suppliers, you can rest assured your vehicle can be repaired properly.
Here are some names you'll want to keep in mind when looking for OEM replacement parts:
Motorcraft - Ford/Lincoln/Mercury OEM parts supplier
AC/Delco - General Motors/Chevrolet/GMC/Buick/Cadillac OEM parts supplier
Mopar - Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep/RAM OEM parts supplier
OEM parts are also available for foreign cars. Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson and even Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Saab all make their OEM parts readily available for mechanics and home enthusiasts.
Unless you are willing to take risks associated with aftermarket parts, either in an attempt to save money or to increase performance, you should use OEM parts whenever you need to repair or maintain your vehicle. Not only will this keep warranties intact, but you can trust the fact that the part you install will meet manufacturer specifications.
About the Author:
William Wood is an auto mechanic, movie buff and father of three girls.