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What is the difference between OEM and OE?

There are a lot of different terms used when it comes to auto body. There’s OEM, OE, aftermarket, alternative, the list seems to go on and on. We talked in another post about what MOPAR means. One of the biggest questions car owners have is: what is the difference between OEM and OE?

OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. OE stands for original equipment. OE parts are the components of the vehicle as it’s made in the factory – all of the original parts that the car was first built with. Once the car comes out of the factory, everything else is not an OE part.

OEM is original equipment manufacturer, which means this manufacturer was the original manufacturer of the part and is approved for use in the brand’s vehicles. For example, Cline Collision Center is certified by Honda, Kia, Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai, and Infiniti as an approved collision center. These certifications acknowledge our high tech equipment, adherence to factory-approved procedures, highly trained auto technicians, and dedication to using OEM parts. OEM parts are created for specific makes and models, and approved by the automaker, to fit in the car. By using OEM parts, you uphold the structural integrity of your vehicle, retain its resale value, and make sure it retains a seamless appearance.

Use OEM Parts for the Best Auto Body Repairs

Although sometimes used interchangeably, the terms OE and OEM are different. OE parts are the parts your car exited the factory with. Certain things – like bulbs and belts – are going to have to be replaced. Other times, an accident means your vehicle needs major repairs. By using OEM parts you can ensure your vehicle gets the best repairs. Cline Collision Center is committed to only using OEM parts. “Alternative” parts, such as parts that are salvaged off a totaled vehicle, cheaper versions made by other manufactures, and parts that you don’t know the origin of, might be cheaper, but you don’t know where they come from. They could weaken your vehicle’s structural integrity, wear out before other parts, or not fit seamlessly with your car. Get the best parts – and the best service! – by turning to Cline Collision Center.