Auto Insurance Carriers continue to strong arm the collision industry into using cheaper aftermarket auto parts and non Original Equipment Manufacturer (Non-O.E.M.) parts to save money. We at Revamp Collision Center refuse to put profits over the safety of our customers.
In recent years there has been several scientific studies performed on the safety of the aftermarket arena…In the wake of of several court cases such as a $42 Million jury verdict for damages suffered by a young couple when their 2010 Honda Fit burned and crushed them because the roof had been replaced using glue, there has been much scientific research performed on the safety and post collision integrity of aftermarket vs O.E.M. parts. One such study being performed by the Auto Body Association of Texas and vehicle safety attorney Todd Tracy.
In this study, the vehicle equipped with aftermarket auto parts performed by far the worst. The tests scientifically prove that a non-O.E.M. approved repair and the use of aftermarket parts dramatically effect how energy from crash forces should be channeled around the occupant compartment.
The safety restraint systems and airbags failed to protect the front seat driver and passenger from serious injury, inflicting brain damage and broken necks in both the vehicle equipped with aftermarket parts and the vehicle with a non-O.E.M. approved glued roof panel.
The crash tests replicated earlier tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that show that the occupants should be able to walk away from such an accident. Instead, data from the crash test dummies show that both the driver and passenger would suffer broken legs, ankles, and feet.
Todd Tracy explains how not using O.E.M. parts and repair procedures throws the critical safety systems out of sync.
When having bodywork done after a collision, O.E.M. parts are highly recommended. An exact fit and proper crumple zones are essential for crash safety. Likewise, if you lease your vehicle, you may need to request O.E.M. parts to avoid losing your security deposit. Check with your leasing agent for details.
Aftermarket parts are manufactured by a company other than your car manufacturer. They can be produced at a high volume and made to fit the specifications of different types of vehicles, not just a single car make and model. They are similar to O.E.M., however they rarely fit perfectly due to the fact that they are made by a third party.
Aftermarket Parts are in fact cheaper than new parts, which is why insurance companies push for them, but they can range in quality from good to terrible, and it’s often difficult to distinguish the good from the bad. Aftermarket body parts are sometimes made of thinner metal that is more susceptible to corrosion. This means that an aftermarket hood or fender is far more likely to damage from road debris, and will be more prone to rust.
All aftermarket parts are NOT created equal-But all O.E.M. parts ARE.