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  • After a car accident, when a vehicle is taken to the repair shop, the damaged replacement parts used may include aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts are not made by the original manufacturer.

    The aftermarket encompasses parts for replacement, collision, appearance, and performance, including . The aftermarket provides a wide variety of parts of varying qualities and prices for nearly all vehicle makes and models.

  • Aftermarket or generic parts have been the topic of debate among people for years, because people worry that aftermarket parts may not be as good, safe or reliable as Original Manufacturer Parts (OEM). This is a misconception. Aftermarket parts are increasingly being hailed as potentially superior parts by some car enthusiasts. Over the years, as good alternatives to manufacturer parts, and in some cases it is said that aftermarket parts may be superior because the manufacturers of generic or aftermarket parts may use more expensive materials or more advanced technology than a car manufacturer.

    Definition: Aftermarket parts are replacement parts that are made by a company other than your vehicle's original manufacturer, they are also referred to as generic parts, non-OEM parts or competitive replacement parts.

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  • When it comes to structural car parts, you will want to make sure that they are "CAPA" certified. Certified Automobile Parts Association (CAPA) has high standards and guidelines for aftermarket parts. They run tests on the production, quality of materials and integrity of the parts. In order to be certified CAPA, the testing that the parts go through must determine that the parts are “functionally equivalent” to OEM parts, which is a much stronger term than the requirement of being of "like kind and quality" that some insurance companies use as their standard of evaluation for a "replacement part". Like kind and quality does not necessarily address function or crash test performance. Aftermarket parts that are certified with CAPA have passed numerous stages of quality testing before they are CAPA certified, so you may want to ask about this if you are given an option or will have to use aftermarket or generic parts.

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In some cases an aftermarket part is better than the original that came in your car. Aftermarket companies analyze why specific OEM parts tend to fail and then improve on the original design or materials. Car makers are very interested in keeping the price of their cars competitive and may opt for less expensive materials in some parts. This is why some aftermarket parts may out perform the original.