As you begin to shop for car parts online, you might notice some unfamiliar lingo. In this two-part blog series, we will try to help you decipher some of the confusing language, and show you why we believe that genuine OEM parts are far superior to aftermarket parts. But first, let us define a few terms:
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)
OEM parts are the exact parts that your car’s manufacturer chose when designing and assembling your vehicle. These parts have been selected because they work well with the other parts in your car, and provide the exact performance that your car was designed to deliver. These parts are branded with the manufacturer's name, not your car maker’s name.
Genuine parts are the same exact parts as OEM parts, but they are branded with the name of your car maker. These are the exact parts that are in your car when it leaves the factory floor. For example, your OEM oil filter might be made by Fram, but branded as a Honda oil filter.
Aftermarket parts are any part that is not a genuine part or an OEM part. Many aftermarket parts claim to boost performance, but the truth is, your car was designed to work most effectively and efficiently with OEM and genuine parts.
Now that you understand some of the lingo, we hope you’ll have an easier time buying car parts online. In our next installment, we'll look at some of the advantages that OEM parts have over their aftermarket counterparts. Stay tuned!