A Few Things to Know About Body Damage to Your Car: Parts

If you are in a car accident and your car needs repair afterwards, you are going to have a major discussion about what kind of auto parts to use, probably with several different people. Here are your choices:
  • Original Equipment Manufacturer or “OEM” parts: these are parts that are brand new, direct from the factory that made your car, just like your the car’s original parts when it rolled off the assembly line. They are high quality, and the most expensive.
  • Aftermarket parts: these are new parts that are made by other manufacturers that are “like” the parts your car manufacturer makes, but not made specifically for the make and model of your car. They are more generic, and meant to fit many different models and makes of cars. Sometimes, we will have to mold or adjust the parts to make them conform to your car’s specifications. They are good but not as great as the OEM parts, so they are not as expensive.
  • Used or LKQ (Like, Kind, and Quality) parts: these are parts that have been taken off a vehicle that was probably totaled or sold for parts, thus, used, thus even less expensive.
  •  REMAN parts: these are parts that are of the original brand, make, and model of your car, but have been refurbished for resale, again – used, again – less expensive.
If you want your car returned to it’s pre-accident condition, you will need to use OEM parts. It is true that they will cost more than aftermarket, used, or REMAN parts, however, if you have a 2012 Audi, you would be crazy to go with anything but the OEM parts. If you have a 2005 Toyota that your daughter drives to school, then you may want to consider other options for parts. The bottom line is – you may not have a choice about what parts you use as it will depend on what kind of coverage you bought with your insurance policy, and what your insurance will – and will not – pay for. If your insurance policy does not cover OEM parts, then you will have to pay the difference out-of-pocket if you want to use them.


  1. I need to look into a car body damage service to help fix up my vehicle. This would be my first time in need of this type of repair and any tips would be helpful. I will be sure to ask about aftermarket parts since they are not as expensive.

  2. It was good to know about the OEM parts and how they came from the factory where the original parts were made. My sister is after original items, so I think she will prefer getting an OEM part for the areas of the car that need to be replaced because of the recent collision. Thank you for sharing. I’ll begin the search right away.

  3. It was good to know about the OEM parts or the parts that were manufactured by the factory that made the car and how they are of high quality. I am pretty sure that my brother will prefer these parts for the car when he gets a few of its body repaired. Considering how he is after quality and compatibility, I think this is his best bet. Thank you!

  4. It was nice to know about the aftermarket parts and how they are made to be more generic in order to fit many different models of cars. I assume that this is much more affordable than the OEM part. I will consider this one since a small part of my car’s body needs to be replaced, and I am quite sure that there are a lot of parts available just like it. Thanks for sharing this.

  5. It was nice to know the different types of car parts that I can use, but what got me was the OEM parts since they are made in the same factory that made the car, so they are the best option yet the most expensive. To be honest, the expenses do not mean anything if my car will be returned to its former look. I will take note of this because a part of my car was severely damaged when it hit a lamp post. I would like to use original replacement parts for the repairs.

  6. That’s good to know that if you get REMAN parts that it means they are refurbished ones that are made for your make and model. This is helpful since my son’s transmission seems to be slipping and he’s driving an older car, so I’m trying to figure out how to find him parts. I’ll have to find a place that sells auto parts so I can ask if they have refurbished ones so I’ll know they fit his car and they won’t be too expensive.

  7. Thanks for the advice for getting a car part. You mentioned that aftermarket parts could be used for different models and makes. I’m kind of interested to learn how versatile they could be, especially if they could be recycled and used in a lot of cars.

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