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Many of us here at PartsGeek have noted ongoing debates particularly among BMW aficionados not to mention auto insurance companies as to whether it is better to go with BMW OEM parts or go with the aftermarket versions. Auto insurers usually prefer the latter, since they tend to be cheaper than BMW factory parts, whereas BMW owners would normally never use anything other than original BMW car parts whenever possible. Of course, at PartsGeek you are guaranteed to pay the lowest prices on any and all of the components in our BMW OEM parts catalog as well as our large inventory of aftermarket parts and accessories but let's see if we can help to settle the argument.

"OEM" in OEM Parts stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer" (of course, you knew that right?). This means it is manufactured by the company that designed and built the vehicle. In the case of your BMW, if you take the vehicle to an authorized BMW dealer for repairs, it is a foregone conclusion that the technicians will use only original parts. This will tend to be very expensive. However, if you do your own repairs and servicing order from our online BMW OEM parts catalog, you will find that we offer substantial discounts on genuine BMW factory parts. (There's nothing to keep a dealer from ordering parts from us, but since they get them wholesale and direct from the factory in Munich, there isn't much point).

When you take your BMW to an independent shop, chances are that unless you specifically demand the use of OEM parts (and again, you'll pay a premium, here), they're going to use aftermarket parts. There are distinct advantages to this as well as some drawbacks. One of the issues here is that the quality of aftermarket parts can vary. In some cases, they can actually be better than OEM parts because the aftermarket maker has reverse-engineered the original component (took it apart and examined it) and has been able to work out any flaws in the initial design. However, this is not guaranteed. Nonetheless, with dozens, and even hundreds of aftermarket manufactures competing for your business, there is a real incentive to keep the quality high and the prices low. This also means that while an OEM part may not be available, you can virtually be assured of the availability of an aftermarket component. You should also be aware that as long as an aftermarket part is used as a direct replacement for something that has worn out or been damaged, it will not void your warranty.

Whether you decide on OEM parts or aftermarket ones, you can be sure that if a part is listed in our online catalog as being in stock, it's there at the lowest possible price and PartsGeek will make every effort to make sure it is packaged securely and on its way to you within 24 hours.

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