OEM parts come from the manufacturer so you know they are going to fit perfectly and be the high quality you expect from BMW. If you’re restoring your car to original condition or simply replacing a worn out part, OEM is generally the way to go. Third party manufacturers make aftermarket parts so they do not come from BMW, but they are made to function the same way OEM parts do.
Aftermarket parts are generally purchased for one of two reasons. First, you want something that BMW does not make so you can customize your car. Second, you can’t afford the OEM parts. Not all aftermarket parts are cheaper, but many of them will save you money. The problem is that some aftermarket parts are too cheap and are of low quality and will not last as long as OEM will.
Choosing OEM parts can give you greater peace of mind. You will have a warranty from BMW on all the parts you purchase, which you may not get from other manufacturers. You don’t have to worry about impacting the car’s performance or getting a low quality part. The warranty generally lasts up to a year or a certain number of kilometers. Even if you are buying an OEM part, be sure to consult a BMW specialist in Toronto before purchasing it. Bimmex can tell you what parts you need so you don’t spend more than you need to.
If you’ve already purchased aftermarket parts, don’t fret. Most of the time they will work just fine. There are a lot of high quality aftermarket parts manufacturers for BMWs. You can talk to a Bimmex technician before making your decision, though. We’re happy to offer advice based on our experience with various manufacturers. There are a number of them that will produce the same quality and performance as OEM.
If you’re upgrading your car to boost power or performance, you may need to use aftermarket parts. If you’re working on an upgrade project, be sure to do your research before buying. You can find a lot of reviews for various parts online in BMW forums. As with anything, some brands are better and more reliable than others.
Bimmex is always available to answer questions and help with your upgrades and replacements. Give us a call and let us know what your plans are and we will do everything we can to make sure you’re heading down the right path to fixing up your BMW the right way.