Almost always, used car parts are less costly than OEM car parts, but this doesn’t always mean the former is better than the latter.

At A&P Auto Parts we encourage car owners to look at both kinds of parts before making a final buying decision, because when it comes to cars, there’s rarely a situation that’s identical to another.  In other words, the kind of parts that one car owners needs for a repair isn’t necessarily what another car owner would need for a similar repair.

Here, we’re going to give you a good idea of when you should go with used car parts and when you should go with OEM parts.  But before getting to that, let’s break each of these part categories down so you know exactly what you’re purchasing when you make your final buying decision.

Definition of the Two Parts

Used parts are parts that have been part of functional cars before being placed on the buying market.  These parts come from many different situations, including voluntary parts recycling, dismantling, and other methods of removing healthy car parts from unwanted vehicles.

In addition to selling used car parts, these recycling and dismantling methods are what A&P specializes in.

While all used car parts for sale should be in good condition, unfortunately, this isn’t what you get when working with some companies.  Unlike the used parts we sell out of Rochester, NY – quality auto parts that come with warranties, guarantees, and everything else you need – some companies don’t care about quality as much as we do.  Which is why it’s very important to always know who you are buying from.

As for the other main kind of auto parts, OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.  This is the manufacturer responsible for building your car and putting it on the market.  Ford, Chevrolet, Kia, BMW and Mercedes are all OEMs.

OEM parts can only be bought from dealerships directly unless third party automotive part sellers buy OEM equipment from dealerships and resell it.  As a rule of thumb, it’s always better to buy from the dealership directly if possible.

When to Buy One Over the Other

When car owners do business with us, they know they’re getting high quality used parts.  Whether they need a supercharger, shock, or entire engine, they know the used parts we sell are warranty-backed and reliable.

This goes to say that you should always consider buying a used car part before an OEM part if that used part is being sold by a place like A&P.  There are some unique instances, however, when buying OEM is necessary.

Buy OEM when …

  • It doesn’t make sense to buy used.  For instance, some luxury cars require you to replace the entire headlight fixture when a bulb burns out – not just the bulb itself.  If you bought a used headlight fixture for a car like this, who knows how long the bulb would last.
  • You’re adamant about maintaining a flawless exterior car body and can’t find a used part without some nicks.  To maintain your peace of mind and pride for your whip, it may be worth spending a few extra hundred bucks on a new body part.  Usually, though, you’ll be able to find a part that looks new.

Buy Used When …

  • You want a high quality repair for little cost.  Used car parts tend to be about half the cost of OEM parts.  And when you buy from a reputable auto parts recycler like A&P, your car performs like it would with OEM parts.
  • Your insurance company won’t cover OEM.  Many insurance companies won’t cover brand new parts.  But there’s no need to worry.  If you go with a quality used part from a reputable seller, you can get back to driving the car you love with a full-coverage fix (depending on your insurance provider).

If you still have concerns about choosing used over OEM, or vice-versa, feel free to give our professional sales team a call.  The number is 800-962-7222.  Or you can send us a message here.

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