Regular car maintenance is a must for every car owner. Sometimes that car maintenance results in needing to buy replacement parts to keep your vehicle running in peak condition. So, you might be wondering if you should buy generic or high-quality original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts for your vehicle. While the initial price tag might sway you toward generic parts, buying OEM parts for your vehicle is important to keep you, your vehicle, and your wallet happy in the long run.
That's why our team at Hi-Line Autohaus will not only discuss why buying OEM parts is important but also how we can help you find these quality parts. Keep on reading to learn more.
Earning consumer satisfaction awards and top-rated dealer ratings for over five years, our team at Hi-Line Autohaus in Charlotte, North Carolina, strives to deliver an unmatched experience whether you're shopping for a new-to-you car or quality car parts to get your vehicle back up and running. This means you can count on our team to deliver high-quality parts at the right price so you can keep your vehicle running like it just came off the production line.
There are some major advantages of buying OEM parts that are made exactly for your vehicle. In short, they'll keep your vehicle running exactly as it was designed to do. Here are some other advantages of buying and installing genuine OEM parts:
Original equipment manufacturer parts are designed to fit the exact technical specifications and measurements of your vehicle's originally installed parts. This ensures that the manufactured parts have the same quality as these original parts, which can help improve the longevity of your vehicle's parts.
Since the parts are designed to fit the same exact specifications as the original ones, they'll be compatible with your vehicle and will not cause issues during installation. Generic parts might not follow the same specifications as the original parts, thus leading to potential compatibility issues during the installation process. This might result in needing to buy a new part completely or modifying the generic part, which can affect the quality and integrity of the piece.
Since the parts are designed to fit and operate exactly like the original parts, your engine will operate as it was designed. This means that your vehicle doesn't have to work overtime, as it might if non-OEM parts are used. As a result, your vehicle meets the original performance values and might even exceed them with fresh, new OEM parts helping everything move easier.
When using non-OEM parts on your vehicle, some parts are not made to manufacturer specifications, which can result in inferior quality and parts that wear down faster. This increases the likelihood of these parts failing faster than you anticipated and can even result in more costly repairs down the road. Since OEM parts meet these specifications, you can count on them to wear properly and increase your vehicle's reliability in the long term.
While OEM parts might cost more than generic parts initially, the quality of these parts can help lead to long-term savings. Generic parts might wear down faster and cause other parts in your vehicle to wear down faster, too, resulting in more frequent maintenance and repairs. These parts can also affect the longevity of your vehicle, which can mean a big expense before you're ready.
Since we specialize in pre-owned luxury brands, we carry many OEM parts for brands including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Volvo. We also carry a large inventory of factory OEM parts at all times for many other brands because we know that having the right part at the right time can mean the difference between your car sitting in the driveway for a few weeks or a few hours while you install the new factory OEM part.
If we don't have the OEM part in stock, we can also special order it and give you a call when it's ready for pickup. This means no more having to search for the right OEM part online and hoping that it's the right part. Ordering through Hi-Line Autohaus also helps to ensure that you're getting a fair market value for your part rather than paying an arm and a leg through a third-party OEM part vendor.
If you don't know what parts you need, we can help you out there too. Our parts department is skilled in helping you quickly find the exact part you need. Our team can also help walk you through finding what part you need over the phone or in person, so you can get the right part the first time.
If you don't want to install your OEM parts yourself, you can also depend on our skilled technicians at Hi-Line Autohaus to install the right parts you need in a fraction of the time. Our service department has the experience and training to install any part that might be causing issues, such as cabin air filters, engine oil filters, wiper blades, or whatever specialty part you need. We can also install accessories to help you make your vehicle all your own.
Do you need to order OEM parts and want them installed, too? Schedule an appointment with our service center, and we can get your vehicle in and out in no time. To help you save even more, check out our ever-changing service specials so you can keep your vehicle running like new without breaking the bank. We look forward to helping you out soon.