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What Are The Different Replacement Part Options?

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For many parts, we may have multiple options available. While there may be differences in price and warranty, the important thing to know is that they will all fit and perform the same; we just provide multiple options to satisfy every customer.

OEM New: This is a brand new part from the same company that supplies the company that manufactures your car. Toyota or Nissan will manufacture things like body parts and put the whole car together, but smaller components like electronics or AC compressors are more likely to be manufactured by an OEM supplier like Denso or Bosch who sells to those automakers. We have relationships with those same companies, meaning we can offer you some of the exact same parts you’d get from a dealership, without their markup.

OEM Remanufactured: This is when an OEM supplier will remanufacture their old parts, using some of the same components and sometimes even in the same facility where new parts are made. This is more common for heavy-duty diesel parts like turbochargers, fuel injectors and injection pumps. Remanufactured parts may often require a core deposit; this is a temporary charge added at checkout, which is fully refundable if you return your original part to us. This allows us to continue to offer remanufactured items, which reduces waste and keeps part costs lower.

New Aftermarket: This is a brand new part that’s guaranteed to fit and function just like an OEM part. Aftermarket manufacturers like us will consult Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) published by automakers, so our brand new parts will include any design and performance improvements that are tested and verified.

Aftermarket Remanufactured: This is an OEM part that has been professionally remanufactured by us in the USA to perform like new, backed by the same warranty as a new part. Remanufactured parts may often require a core deposit; this is a temporary charge added at checkout, which is fully refundable if you return your original part to us. This allows us to continue to offer remanufactured items, which reduces waste and keeps part costs lower.

 

OEM Part Number

The OEM part number is a part number assigned to an item by the automaker themselves, and is the most reliable way to ensure a part is a match. Since our product cataloging is only verified on US-market vehicles, it’s also the only way to ensure fitment on a non-US vehicle. There are also some parts that only work for models with a specific option; perhaps a steering rack that’s only for models with a variable-assist steering option, or a replacement radio with a certain specific list of features. If you are unsure about some of the specific options your vehicle has, we can look up any OEM part numbers off your original part to see which replacement option they match.

There’s a few ways to locate the OEM part number of the item you need to replace. It may be printed or stamped onto the part itself. If not, you may be able to contact a local dealership with your VIN, and they can look it up for you. Some manufacturers also have online catalogs available that list every OEM part number for a specific VIN; realOEM.com works for BMW, ToyoDIY.com works for Toyota, and there may be more for other manufacturers. If the issue with your vehicle has been diagnosed by a mechanic, they may be able to locate the part number for you as well, using the online service manuals available to many professionals.

 

OEM Part Brand

We might have an OEM part brand specified if there are two different versions of a part available for otherwise identical vehicles. The reason could be that one model was manufactured at a couple different factories, or it could be tied to a different option that’s harder to verify on your vehicle.

On our website, the search result would say something like “Fits 2.0L models with Sanden compressor” or “Fits 5.3L models with Delphi HU6”. You can check your original part to look for a label with that company name on it, or compare it to the photos on our website. We can also look up your OEM part number to see which option it matches as well!

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