Why Insist On Original Equipment Collision Parts?
The OEM Collision Repair Roundtable asks that you carefully consider the use of Original Equipment (OE) collision replacement parts for collision repair. Choosing OE collision replacement parts offers you the following advantages:
Before assembly, it can be hard to tell the difference between OE and non-OE collision parts. However, upon installation there may be a noticeable difference in the way they fit. Non-OE collision parts may leave unsightly gaps between body panels, a sure sign of a collision repair that may detract from your car’s value.
Conversely, a gap that is too small may allow body panels to rub together under certain conditions, possibly compromising paint adhesion and promoting unsightly and damaging rust spots. OE collision parts from your vehicle’s manufacturer—sold exclusively through new-vehicle dealers—are designed to fit properly, providing consistent and uniform space between body panels.
In general, “finish” refers to what the paint job looks like. OE collision replacement parts are treated with a special primer process, which helps resist corrosion and promote paint adhesion.
OE collision parts, both those that came on the car originally, and replacement parts, are designed with safety in mind. Many parts, including hoods and fenders, are designed with crush zones, allowing the part to bend and crumple like an accordion, thereby absorbing the energy of an impact, rather than transmitting it to the cabin—and the occupants.
The same quality that went into building your car goes into OE collision replacement parts, from the way the part was designed to the material used to make it.
Nobody wants to think about being in one accident—let alone two. OE collision parts—in accordance with vehicle manufacturer repair processes—are the only parts proven during vehicle development to deliver the intended level of protection as a whole system.
All body components contribute to the structural integrity of the vehicle. Even items like windshields, side glass and doors can help a vehicle to maintain its structural integrity in a collision or roll-over situation. Original Equipment collision replacement parts are proven during the vehicle development process to deliver the intended level of protection as a whole system.
One way to know for sure you are getting this level of protection is to use OE collision replacement parts that are installed following the manufacturer’s recommended procedures. Using them also ensures your new-vehicle warranty remains intact.
Use of OE collision replacement parts will help keep your car looking new while you own it and help maintain its value at time of trade-in or re-sale. Parts that fit well, sell well.
Take an active role in the repair of your vehicle. Insist on Original Equipment collision replacement parts for safety, durability, appearance and performance.
A Quote From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
“There’s a lot of engineering that goes into making a crash-protection system,” says David Zuby, chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “You can’t willy-nilly change those parts because the system may not work the way it was designed.”
Today’s vehicles are engineered to respond, in an accident, in a very specific way. The frame is designed to crumple around the occupants of the vehicle, reacting in coordination with the airbag system, with split-second timing. If substandard parts are used in a repair, this “crash management system” can be disrupted. When you consider the fact that an airbag has to respond and deploy in milliseconds to prevent a passenger from hitting the steering wheel of their vehicle, even the slightest disruption in a vehicle’s crash management system can result in serious injury.
Direct repair shops receive a steady stream of insurance company referral work and, in exchange, they’re expected to perform repairs within that insurance company’s guidelines. Insurers rarely agree to the repairs quoted in the initial estimate, often insisting on less expensive methods or parts that were not made by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). No shop wants to work with counterfeit parts, because it’s easier to repair a car with products that were made by the original manufacturer. However, if they have a DRP relationship with an insurance company, they may be forced to use cheap parts and shortcut methods to keep that stream of referrals coming in. If you’ve taken your vehicle to an insurance company’s “preferred” DRP shop, you’ll probably want to have a professional take a closer look. The paint may look shiny and new, but beneath the surface might be remaining damage or improper repairs.