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OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and is parts that are made by Ford Motor Company that are specific to your vehicle. When you buy any OEM Ford part from Planet Ford Dallas Love Field you know you are getting a part that will not only fit perfectly but will work 100% as it was intended to the day the vehicle rolled off of the assembly line.
After purchasing a car, there are lots of reasons you may need to buy additional parts for it. Perhaps you've run into some car trouble and have a part that needs replacing. Maybe you're looking to upgrade a part in pursuit of improved performance. Or perhaps you want to add an accessory to make your Dallas commute more comfortable.
No matter what the part might be for, there's one question that needs answering. Do you go with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part or do you opt for an aftermarket product?
In this article, the team at Planet Ford Dallas takes a look at the difference between OEM and aftermarket parts and discusses some of the benefits of choosing Ford-manufactured parts for your vehicle.
Automotive companies make OEM parts to fit specific brands of vehicles. For example, Ford Motor Company makes OEM parts for Ford vehicles. OEM parts are essentially exact replicas of the original parts that the company installs on each new vehicle it makes.
Third-party companies manufacture aftermarket parts. They design these parts to work with a variety of brands rather than just one make or model of vehicle.
Now that you understand the difference between OEM and aftermarket parts, what are some of the benefits of choosing a Ford-manufactured part for your vehicle?
Aftermarket parts just aren't built with the same quality as those produced by Ford. Aftermarket companies tend to cut corners with materials and design to keep production costs at a minimum and maximize their profits. In the end, that often results in a part that doesn't perform up to standards and could leave you or your passengers vulnerable to a safety risk.
The sacrifice in quality that comes with aftermarket products can also affect the longevity of the part. Even if you save some money upfront, you may pay more in the long run if the part needs frequent replacement. Ford builds its OEM parts to last, and your next Ford replacement part is more likely to stand the test of time.
Ford OEM parts that you purchase from us come with a one-year warranty manufacturer's warranty. That means if the part were to fail within your first year of ownership you'd receive a full replacement at no charge to you. Aftermarket parts typically don't come with a warranty, so you'll simply be out of luck (and money) in the event of a failure.
Warranty coverage involving replacement parts can extend beyond the individual parts and may include entire engines, transmissions, or the vehicle itself. For instance, a new car often comes with at least one warranty. It may be a comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranty, one that covers the mechanical powertrain, or a corrosion warranty. However, the installation of an aftermarket part will often void those warranties and leave you to pay the price.
Manufacturers design OEM parts with the exact specifications needed to fit and work with a particular model of car. There's no guesswork involved and no need to alter anything to get the part to fit properly. Aftermarket parts can be a bit of a crapshoot, as they'll usually fit a wide range of models, engine types, and so forth. The result is that they may work well with some vehicles but not so well with others. And you may not reach a verdict about the compatibility of the part until after you've spent the money and done the work.
Ford makes its OEM parts with inspection and emission standards in mind, so you won't have to worry about the authorities flagging you for either. Many aftermarket companies design their products with little regard for state safety and emissions standards, leaving you open to failing an inspection or getting a ticket for non-compliance.
Factory-trained technicians, certified specifically to work with Ford vehicles, install all our OEM parts. These technicians follow rigorous protocols for the removal and installation of your vehicle's parts and use only Ford-approved equipment to do so. Installing an aftermarket part usually means going to an auto repair shop with technicians who may not have the proper certification to do the job to the required standards and may not abide by industry best practices. And that could jeopardize the integrity of your vehicle.
A vehicle with Ford OEM parts can retain more value for a future trade in or resale than one with aftermarket parts. A dealership may consider the use of aftermarket parts in assessing how much money to offer you as a trade-in credit.
The last thing you want to be worrying about while cruising around Dallas is whether or not your new part is going to hold up, especially at high speeds or under extreme temperatures. Is your warranty still valid with that aftermarket part? Will you pass your next car inspection? Did you hurt your resale value? Using only OEM parts eliminates a lot of the worries that can come along with aftermarket purchases to bring you greater peace of mind behind the wheel.
Our technicians here at Planet Dallas Ford use only Ford OEM parts. Order any part you want, and you can pick up any parts we have in stock right away. If we don't have the part to hand, we'll order it directly from Ford and keep you updated on an estimated delivery time. You can take the part home with you and do the work yourself or have our team of highly trained and experienced experts install it on your behalf.
Shop for Ford OEM parts online today, and don't forget to check out our parts specials for any coupons that can help you save. Not sure what part you need? No problem. Just give our parts department a call at 888-384-1845 or visit us on Inwood Road in Dallas.