BMW is a famous brand that has been around for tens of years. Petrol-heads know it for its vehicles which have long-term quality. BMW is literally good at everything about cars today. Whether you’re looking for luxury or performance in a car, or even both, the company has what you want.

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When you buy a BMW car, you’ll find nothing under its hood except a piece of engineering genius. You can enjoy driving your car everyday, but you should remember to regularly check its parts just to know if any of them needs to be replaced. Because parts do wear out, and if that happens, you’ll have to bring your car to an automobile repair shop to get replacements for the old parts of your car that are no longer suitable for use. It’s extremely important that you only use factory BMW parts.

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Such parts are usually classified as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). A car always comes with more than a set of parts, and automakers know that these components will one day need to be replaced, that’s why blue prints for each of them are created and later distributed to a parts company to be used as a reference to produce original parts.

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In other words, when a BMW is being repaired or restored after a crash, the OEM parts that are installed are basically the same as the original spare parts found on the car when it first left the factory floor. These parts are as good as new, hence their quality doesn’t need to be questioned.

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The alternative parts, however, are not built based on original specifications. These, which are known as aftermarket parts, are simply copies of the original parts. Replacing the original parts with aftermarket parts is often a risky move, because you can never be sure of the quality of these components.

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Their makers may use material that doesn’t meet high OEM standards. As a result, their products tend to be shorter-lived as they are more susceptible to damage. On the other hand, OEM parts may be more expensive, but buying them involves little to mental effort and anxiety, although some constraints do get in the way.

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Sometimes, insurance firms can be troublesome, since they like aftermarket parts more than the OEM ones. The reason is simple and it has been suggested before: aftermarket parts are cheaper. Although a broken BMW car is covered by insurance and its owner authorizes the use of OEM replacement parts, the insurance firm could insist that such a repair will only increase losses as the owner will have to pay the price difference between the aftermarket parts and the OEM ones. Facing such a strong induction, a car owner will certainly feel pressured and may eventually decide to use aftermarket parts to save costs, even though at the expense of quality.

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An insurance firm being insistent is a big issue indeed. What’s more troublesome, however, it also gives rise to additional problems which make things even more complicated for a vehicle owner. In case you’re not aware, there are several things worth considering before deciding to use aftermarket parts, one of which is related to the warranty. When it comes to the use of parts, automobile companies refuse to be persuaded as well.

Of course, the same policy is also shared by BMW, who covers OEM parts with warranties but will just ignore the aftermarket ones. When a car warranty is still valid, it may also cover the labor for the replacement. And if you’re observant, this actually cuts the price gap between OEM parts and aftermarket parts, thereby reducing the overall costs you incur when repairing a damaged BMW. On the other hand, if aftermarket products are to be relied upon, you must be prepared to bear various kinds of risks that could cause losses in both vehicle quality and money.

So it’s pretty much like a gamble to buy aftermarket pieces for a BMW. The imitative parts that are built based on a top guesstimate may not be fully compatible with the whole components around the engine. In the future, this may result in more repair service or maintenance needed by the vehicle to keep it working properly, thus increasing the overall costs until – without you knowing – more cash has been spent on maintenance than on the superior OEM parts, had the car used them from the beginning.

If you’re a BMW owner, you need to take into consideration how component replacement will affect the quality of your vehicle, since keeping a car’s performance like new is just as important as keeping its appearance like new. Now ask yourself this: is it wise to spend a lot of money just to get your vehicle’s performance downgraded, whereas that same amount of money could actually buy you another new car model? Of course it’s not, right? Unfortunately, this is not something that many petrolheads realize at the start when they decide to go for aftermarket parts.

No matter how you look at it, OEM parts are always a better choice if quality and prime performance are your concern. They can completely restore the damaged parts of your BMW, bringing them back to normal without downgrading quality. In contrast, aftermarket parts are more affordable. Yes, they do bring your car back to normal too – visually, but they’re lower in quality. Using these parts may result in performance degradation in the vehicle.

As we all know, BMW is a manufacturer that produces high quality vehicles. It’s unfortunate if you change that fact for your car by using parts that don’t comply with factory standards. In reality, a BMW car is bought not only because it’s good-looking, but also because it’s The Ultimate Driving Machine. It has valuable quality that needs to be maintained, although sometimes you have to spend quite a lot of money to do that, but it’s actually worth it for the sake of long-term savings. With OEM parts, your BMW will be able to perform at its best even though it’s not new anymore. You will see it in the long run, it’s always quality that is tougher and lasts longer.