The car you bought, whether it is German-made, American-made, Japanese-made etc., is made up of parts made by hundreds of other companies. All car manufacturers use independent companies to design and make various components that make up a car. So what does this mean for you the consumer?
What is a Genuine Part?
A Genuine part is a part that is originally put in your vehicle when it was new and has the car manufacturer’s logo on it. This does not mean the product is actually made by the car manufacturer, it is often times made by a different company but the car manufacturer’s logo is added. These are the most expensive parts as you are paying for the car manufacturer’s logo.
What is an OEM Part?
An OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) part is a part built by the same company that built the original product for the car maker. It is the exact same part that is in your car, except it does not have the car maker’s logo. These parts are the same as the Genuine part but cheaper as you are not paying for the privilege of having the car maker’s logo.