Which Car Part Should I Use For My BMW Repair?

Published 2 months ago — by Lisa Federico

OEM, aftermarket, remanufactured, rebuilt or used?
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There are several different types of parts to choose from when your BMW needs a parts repair. Here is a quick definition of each of the available options that you most likely can choose from.

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Factory New Parts: These type of parts are directly made by the car manufacturer and match the parts that came with your car. Typically, they come with a warranty.

Aftermarket Parts: A company other than your car manufacturer makes these parts. They are made in a high-volume environment and fit several different types of cars, not just one.

Remanufactured Parts: These parts have been fully manufactured to the standard of a new part. They are also inspected and checked against the original specifications.

Rebuilt Parts: Described mostly as reconditioned parts that are cleaned, inspected and with replaced components if worn or broken.

Used Parts: Found mostly at salvage yards or from other vehicles. Typically, they are not covered by a warranty.

When selecting a part for a BMW repair it’s important to think about what you intend to do with your BMW—keep it long term or to just to get by, drive on long road trips or short errands, etc. Your local, trusted BMW service specialist can help guide you to making the best decision for your parts repair.

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