Genuine BMW Parts VS Aftermarket BMW Parts – What You Should Know
Getting your BMW fixed when the need arises entails finances, a couple of stress, and majorly getting the right parts. You might want to change the shock absorber, the brake pads or even a front bumper bar.
If your vehicle is brand new and the need arises to repair a part or replace it, then I suggest you peruse your manufacturers warranty,
What are genuine BMW parts?
These are parts manufactured by the BMW Company. They are the same with parts assembled to make the vehicle you got at the time of purchase.
These parts speak of originality, quality and class. They are very rare to come by and even when they do; their prices are not so friendly. They've been painstakingly produced to stand the test of time, and they hardly wear out or welcome corrosion. These qualities make them expensive.
Genuine BMW parts are the same as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts. The only difference is that the OEM doesn't have the brand logo attached to the components, probably meaning BMW outsourced the production of the elements. ( Sneaky Buggers)
The approved third-party company here is always a young budding company, tested and trusted. It is usually done by these lesser companies bidding for the contract to be awarded to them and whoever secures the bidding takes up the job. So your OEM parts are probably manufactured elsewhere, like bosch, ATE or Sachs.
A warranty accompanies genuine BMW parts. The validity period for BMW parts is usually 12 months. If getting the part supplied and fitted at a BMW dealership is an inconvenience, it assures that warranties will be honoured and bad workmanship can't be blamed if the part fails within its warranty period. ( something dealerships tend to do when warranty claims are submitted )
What are aftermarket BMW parts?
These are parts that are neither manufactured by BMW nor outsourced to other companies. They are produced by uninvited third parties to meet market demands.
These BMW aftermarket parts are a bounty in numbers, rampant all over the place and come at a giveaway price. Some could be expensive too depending on the source. When they are incredibly cheap, then you better tread with caution and seek advice. This extremely low-end price demands a call for suspicion, and you should be suspicious.
Fake parts are always cheap. Also, the BMW aftermarket parts come in different ways due to the different companies doing the production. The brake pad that you were told suits your BMW 1 series might be slightly altered so it will suit your late Toyota Aurion. They are sometimes made to cross from one brand to another. This is a risky endeavour because that broken part from an unknown source might not work in synergy with the other original parts of your BMW car.
The good thing about aftermarket parts is that some manufacturers upgrade the components for optimal performance.
Furthermore, the variety of the BMW parts out there leaves you with an avalanche of options and prices to choose from. If you're fortunate, you could get yourself a quality BMW part that might rival the original one and even outperform it due to modifications. The disadvantage of these BMW aftermarket parts is the insecurity involved.
Since you are not so sure of the quality and that's all your finances could permit you to purchase, you get them and replace in your BMW then drive away in fear and hope. Hope that it will stand the test of time. Even worse is the fact that they scarcely come along with warranties like their genuine counterparts.
With these two significant options elucidated, it is advised that you should always quiz friends, families and neighbours on what's best. Some might have had similar experiences and are in the best position to guide you. Ever heard of the phrase "Fake-genuine auto part?" seek out counsel!