Aftermarket auto body parts provide consumers with good quality replacement parts at a fraction of the cost versus OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) parts available through new car stores. The following is a brief list of aftermarket parts available through our store. Give us a call so we can help you ~
- Bumpers, Front and Rear
- Tail Lamps
- Side Marker Lights
- Fuel Pumps
- Window Regulators
- Power Window Motors
- A/C Compressors
- Radiator Reservoir Tanks
True or False?
1. Aftermarket parts are inferior in quality to OEM.
False!! CAPA (the Certified Automotive Parts Association) sets stringent standards for aftermarket parts. CAPA’s testing process includes an industry-recognized 500-hour salt spray test to indicate rust resistance. CAPA also tests metal composition, welds, screws, resistance to chipping and scratching and administers other tests recognized by the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Testing Materials.
2. Aftermarket parts are unsafe.
False!! Whether they are aftermarket or OEM, crash parts do not affect the safety of a vehicle. That is why there are no federal safety standards for any crash parts, except headlamps and the hinges on hoods (to prevent the hood from going through the windshield in a crash).
Over the years, crash tests performed by the critics of aftermarket parts have shown that these parts perform no differently than OEM parts. CAPA-certified fenders and hoods have been proven safe under the most stringent tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which used procedures established by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Allstate’s Tech-Cor in Wheeling, IL. Experts have determined that the aftermarket parts performed as well or better than OEM parts, particularly the hood, which is the only aftermarket part related to safety concerns (all others are cosmetic).
3. Competitive collision repair parts can invalidate OEM warranties on other parts or on the vehicle itself.
False!! When a crash part has to be replaced, any original warranty on that
part lapses. The warranty on the rest of the vehicle is unaffected. After the replacement part is installed, the new warranty takes over. Warranties on aftermarket parts are as good as OEM warranties. Furthermore, federal law prohibits manufacturers from basing warranties upon the exclusive use of OEM parts.
Source from National Association of Independent Insurers