OEM vs. Aftermarket vs. Used Parts for Collision Repair

Auto body shops, collision repair facilities, and insurance companies have a variety of choices for sourcing parts for collision repair. When choosing between OEM, aftermarket, and used auto parts, it's important to know the costs and benefits of each type of part. Whether you're looking for a Toyota Prius Bumper or a BMW 328i headlight, choosing the right part for your repair job can save you time and money.

OEM Parts

New OEM or Dealer Parts are great in terms of quality and fit, but they can be prohibitively expensive, especially when fixing older cars. Getting new parts from your local dealer is usually a smooth process (though tough on your wallet), but for older, rare cars, ordering a new part can take weeks, especially for European or Japanese luxury cars.

Insurance companies increasingly demand "alternative parts" - that is, aftermarket and used parts - for repairs to reduce costs.

Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket Parts are cheaper than new parts, but they can range in quality from good to terrible, and it's often difficult to distinguish the good from the bad.

  • Aftermarket body parts are sometimes made of thinner metal that is more prone to corrosion. This means an aftermarket hood or fender is more prone to damage from road debris, and more likely to rust from the elements.

  • An aftermarket headlight may look beautiful when it’s new, but after a couple of years of sun exposure it may fade to a dull yellow color.

Used Parts

Used Original Parts or Recycled OEM Parts tend to be the best of both worlds, with OEM fit and quality at a lower price. Every year, millions of cars with parts in excellent condition are recycled, and these used parts can create huge time and money savings for body shops and collision repairers.

The biggest challenges with used parts have been that they're difficult to find, and that it's difficult to know the quality of used parts. Damaged and dented used parts can take hours to repair, wiping out cost savings.

At PartMyRide, we've solved both of these problems.

  • Our modern, user-friendly, and fully searchable interface makes it easy to find used parts for every make and model, and buy them online instantly without waiting on the phone
  • We sell the highest, insurance quality parts, and we stand by our parts with a 3-Month warranty and easy return policy
When sourcing parts for your next collision repair job, if you're looking for OEM quality and great prices, consider buying used parts on PartMyRide.

Contact us at Support@PartMyRide.com if you have any questions - we're always here to help you find used auto parts.
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