The term OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

What does that really mean?

It means that the part was made by a company that is a subcontractor to a vehicle manufacturer. It DOES NOT mean the part was made by the manufacturer.

Some examples;
• Most fuel parts on a VW are made by Bosch. This means that Bosch is the OEM for VW. So, regardless of where you buy the Bosch part, it is still OEM.
• Tong Yang (A Chinese company) is the OEM light, mirror and radiator subcontractor for Nissan and Toyota.

It has long been a common misconception that only a vehicle dealership carries OEM parts. Though they would like you to believe that, it is not the case. Many if not most parts you get from a dealership, you can also get elsewhere for less money made by the exact same company in a different box.

Keep in mind that the term OEM does not make the part better, only “the same as”. Many aftermarket parts (parts made as spare parts not as a part mounted on the original car) are as good and in many cases better than the original part. Almost all insurance companies will use non-OEM parts unless an endorsement is added and a charge made on your policy.

So, if you feel you need OEM parts, let us know and we can add this to your policy but most often this is a cost you probably won’t need.