OEM versus Aftermarket Parts, and an Imaginary Ferrari

OEM versus Aftermarket Parts, and an Imaginary Ferrari


Hey, welcome to Auto Craft. You got a minute? Let’s talk about car care. Have you ever wondered why insurance companies
sometimes pay for OEM repair parts and sometimes they’ll only pay for aftermarket parts? Whoa, first let’s explain: what’s an OEM
part, and what’s an aftermarket part? I’ll give you an example: Imagine you’re
driving a Ferrari F12. Well, all right. (brakes screeching)
What? I just got a Ferrari. Now you want me to wreck it? Just imagine—okay: it’s not damaged that much. And now you’re on your way to the body shop. Okay, all right, I’m coming up to the body
shop. I feel comforted. You feel comforted. And at the body shop, they fix your Ferrari
with parts made by Ferrari, the Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM! But instead of OEM, they could use non-Ferrari
parts, which are made by other companies, after the car is built. After-market parts. What if I don’t want those? Why not? What if they’re not as good as Ferrari parts? Sometimes they’re not as good. Sometimes they’re better. I only want the best for my imaginary Ferrari. And you deserve an imaginary repair on your imaginary Ferrari that returns it to the best possible condition. That’s why the imaginary insurance company
has to give you a vey real warranty, in writing, that the aftermarket part is as good as the
OEM part. And if they give you that warranty, aftermarket
is all they have to pay for? Right. What if I want the Ferrari parts anyway? You can have it. But you may have to pay the difference out
of pocket. Well, if I can afford an imaginary Ferrari,
I think I can afford imaginary OEM parts. And the body shop should clearly indicate
which kind of parts will be used, in writing, on your estimate. Good to know, Paul. You can learn more about body work and car
insurance on our blog at Autocraftinc.com. You want to ride in my imaginary
Ferrari? … sure. Buckle up! Okay …

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