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Genuine, OEM, Aftermarket, Remanufactured & Used - What’s The Difference?

Genuine, OEM, Aftermarket, Remanufactured & Used - What’s The Difference?

Posted in Vehicle Parts by Goldstar on May 09th 2019
Searching for replacement vehicle parts in Virginia Water? Trust a business with over 35 years of experience, trust Goldstar Commercials.

With over 70 brands to choose from, we have a diverse range of parts available for purchase, so you can find a spare that meets you needs at a price that suits your budget. If you have any questions or if you need help making a purchase; you can use the handy live chat feature on the bottom right of your browser.

Genuine, OEM, Aftermarket, Remanufactured & Used – What’s The Difference?

  • Genuine
    Sometimes called OE (not to be confused with OEM), these are the same parts which your car was fitted with when it was made. This means that even if they were originally manufactured by a different brand or company, they will arrive in a branded box matching the vehicle’s manufacturer. These are often the safest option because you know without a doubt that they will fit your vehicle, and if your car/van is under the manufacturer’s warranty, it will remain valid.

    However, the downside with OE or Genuine Spare Parts is that they are often the most expensive option.

  • OEM
    Meaning Original Equipment Manufacturer or ‘replacement parts’ this description describes original parts which have been made by an external company that supplied the manufacturer with components for the car.

    This usually applies when component manufacturing companies (for example Bosch or Valeo) negotiate to sell the parts independently. This results in replacement parts which are cheaper than genuine or OE parts, and sometimes they can be used without invalidating your warranty.

  • Aftermarket
    Sometimes known as a replacement pattern parts, aftermarket parts are often designed to be cheaper substitutes to the genuine or OEM parts. This is usually done when aftermarket companies buy the rights to manufacture a part using the pattern which has been bought from the original manufacturer.

    However, aftermarket parts can be very confusing and difficult to navigate. This is because they can significantly outperform both OE and OEM parts, whilst on the other hand there is also the risk that they could also be very poorly made.

    Some aftermarket parts actually use higher quality materials in their components. After all, car manufacturers frequently need to keep costs low, so they may utilise cheaper materials. On the other hand, the parts could be made from substandard materials that quickly wear out, or perhaps need to be adapted by the garage in order to fit your vehicle.

    With aftermarket parts, it is especially important that you check that the parts have an ISO international Organisation for Standardisation stamp. That way you protect yourself from low quality aftermarket products and ensure quality.

  • Remanufactured Parts
    Some vehicle parts are made up of numerous different components and when they fail, it’s often as a result of a single component that breaks. For example, a gearbox could have a single faulty part and after the fault being removed and replaced, it could function nearly as good as new.

    This solution is ideal if you need a cost-effective way of getting an older vehicle back on the road, however it’s important to make sure that the remanufactured part includes a guarantee, because fitting remanufactured parts can sometimes expose weaknesses in the parts which later go on to fail. That being said, they are still a good option for those with older vehicles who need to replace an expensive component.

  • Used
    These are often the lowest cost option; however they can come with certain risks. Just like everything else sold in a used condition, it’s essential that you only purchase from reputable and trustworthy businesses. With used parts, you need to make sure that they are stored in the correct environment and treated with care by skilled and experienced professionals.

    With over 35 years of experience, Goldstar Commercials are the ideal choice for replacement parts for your commercial vehicles. We use all of our knowledge and expertise to provide our customers with high standards of vehicle spares and customer service. Additionally, in order to demonstrate our commitment to providing high standards, we are happy to provide a 60 day warranty on all parts purchased from the Goldstar Commercials online store.

Learn More About Commercial Vehicle Spare Parts On Our Blog

If you would like to learn more information about spare parts for commercial vehicles, we recommend visiting our blog. It’s filled with lots of tips and advice with regards to commercial vehicles and their replacement parts.

For example, you could learn how to identify problems with the LDV Maxus Top Strut Mount and Bearings , alternatively you could learn about the differences between the LDV Maxus V80 and the LDV Maxus EV80.

Would You Like More Information? To Make An Enquiry, Please Contact Our Team

If you would like more information regarding any of the spare or replacement parts available for commercial vehicles on our online store, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of specialists. They will be happy to assist you with your purchase and answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to speak to a member of staff, you can give us a call on 0208 890 2000, our lines are open between 9am and 5pm . You can also get in touch with our team using the internet by sending any questions you have to us by email at info@goldstarcommercials.co.uk .



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