Why Using Factory Parts & Fluids During Repair Matters
When you need to repair or replace a part on your car, an auto shop will generally have two options when selecting the new component, factory correct, which is often known as original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or aftermarket. Aftermarket parts are built by third parties that are trying to craft high performance or custom parts, or in some cases, very inexpensive parts. While the latter are supposed to bolt right in place of an original part, this isn't always the case, and surely the quality will not be the same. OEM, as mentioned, stands for original equipment manufacturer, which means these are factory correct parts. In short, unless you are trying to customize your vehicle's performance, your local auto shop should always use OEM parts during repairs, here's why.
Proper Fitting Parts
Using OEM parts is the only way to prevent the possibility of using a part that does not fit properly. Some aftermarket parts producers use such little care when trying to reproduce factory components that the part's mounting holes don't align with bolt holes on the vehicle! This means a modification of the part would be necessary before it will fit on your car. Make sure your shop always uses OEM parts so that the fit is perfect.
When OEM parts are used, you can rest assured that they will be of factory kind and quality. While it is true that some aftermarket parts producers do make outstanding performance parts, if you're having routine repairs completed, there is no reason to let questionable quality parts be installed on your vehicle. When you take your car in for service, be sure to ask about the parts that will be used, so you know if they will be of OEM quality or not.
What about Factory Automotive Fluids?
Similar to hard plastic and metal parts, fluids are also available in different qualities. For best performance, make sure the auto shop that you work with utilizes factory fluids. This is the only way to guarantee the fluid works properly within the designated system.
In most cases, if your vehicle is under warranty, OEM parts are required, as aftermarket parts could void the warranty. A shop that uses factory correct parts will help ensure your car's new car or other existing warranty remains valid. On that note, be sure to read the fine print of any warranty before moving forward with customizing your car with aftermarket parts.
At Complete Automotive in San Luis Obispo we always use factory correct parts and fluids when conducting any repairs or routine auto maintenance. This is the best way to ensure your vehicle is properly serviced and its existing warranty remains valid. To learn more about our San Luis Obispo auto shop and the services we provide, don't hesitate to call us at (805) 774-1029. We would be happy to schedule you an appointment or provide you with an estimate for the cost of auto repair in SLO or the surrounding towns.
Complete Automotive Blog
Posted: April 5, 2021
Written and Published By MORBiZ