OEM, CAPA, Aftermarket, Oh My!

It’s bad enough that you’ve been in a car accident but then you’re thrown into the world of car repair and replacement parts. If you’ve had collision repairs done on a vehicle then you may be familiar with the different types of replacement parts but if not, here is a quick primer on repair terminology.

OEM Repair Parts

Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are those components of a vehicle that were used during the original construction and assembly by the manufacturer. They are not necessarily all manufactured by the car builder but were used in its original assembly.

CAPA Repair Parts

The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) is an independent organization that comprehensively tests replacement automotive parts and certifies those that are proven to be a suitable, quality replacement part for a given vehicle. Auto parts marked with the CAPA seal are certified to “fit, perform and last like the original.” The CAPA seal is a yellow and blue sticker that is permanently affixed to every certified part.

Aftermarket Repair Parts

Aftermarket auto parts are brand new parts that replace damaged OEM parts but are made by a company other than the original manufacturer.

So what does this mean for you? Your first defense is to know what is covered by your auto policy. Not sure, by all means give us a call. Not all insurers will cover OEM parts but you may be able to pay the difference in price to have the repairs completed with OEM parts. The age of your vehicle may help determine whether spending the extra money for OEM parts is a valid consideration. A car still under warrant may warrant OEM parts but an older, high-mileage vehicle may not. We are here to help!

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