There is an ongoing debate about whether genuine factory parts are necessary in the maintenance and repair of damaged vehicles. Here, we’ll give you the rundown why genuine factory replacement parts are so important to the longevity and safe functioning of your vehicle.
- Defining Genuine Factory Parts
The place to start in considering this question is defining a genuine factory part. Genuine factory parts for Lexus, Toyota and other Japanese cars are known as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. These parts are made by the manufacturer that created all the other parts for the specific make and model of the vehicle. These parts fit perfectly into the vehicle, but because they are the same as the part that needed replacing, they are also more expensive.
The alternative to an OEM part is an aftermarket part. These parts are not made by the original manufacturer of your vehicle and instead are made by a third-party manufacturer. Instead of being designed to replace the missing or damaged part in a specific vehicle’s make and model, these parts are designed to fit different types of vehicles, like a sedan or an SUV. These aftermarket parts are less expensive than OEM parts, but they can cause problems. These problems can lessen the life expectancy of your Lexus, Nissan, Honda or other Japanese car.
- The Importance of Using OEM Parts in Repairs or After Collisions
Certainly, aftermarket parts have their benefits. They are easily accessible; you can often find an aftermarket part immediately, and along with their price, you have more choice in aftermarket parts.
However, it is precisely this variety that makes aftermarket parts so dangerous – you don’t know what you’re getting. OEM parts can ensure that a vehicle returns to its original state. If alternate parts are installed, then the vehicle may not be able to function like it once did. Specifically, the car’s systems, which are made up of OEM parts, may not work together on a Lexus or Honda as effectively with an aftermarket part as with an OEM part.
Take for example Infiniti’s safety system. The Infiniti delicate safety system is compromised when an aftermarket part is installed, instead of an OEM part. For the safety system to function holistically, then, OEM parts must be used.
Specifically luxury cars, like Lexus, Acura and Infiniti do better with OEM parts, so most reputable sources suggest paying more for the OEM part.
- LexService Uses Genuine Factory Parts
The importance of using OEM parts after an accident or in a repair is clear. To make sure that your replacement part doesn’t cause a need for more repairs or destabilize any of your car’s system, this requirement is necessary.
LexService repairs all its missing or damaged Japanese vehicles parts with genuine factory replacements. Though these parts may be more expensive, they will – over the long run – pay back your investment with a healthier, longer-lasting vehicle.