February 12th, 2021 by

Here and everywhere else, OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” So, OEM automotive components are the official, genuine parts produced directly by your vehicle’s maker.

Many aftermarket manufacturers develop parts that are designed to fit on multiple models of vehicles in order to mass produce them. This often leads to ill-fitting parts that require some manipulation to get them to bolt on.

If you are not familiar with aftermarket brands, the selection could be overwhelming and there is a chance you may get a bad quality part.

The saying “you get what you pay for” rings true here. Some aftermarket parts are inferior because of the use of lower-quality materials. Stick with aftermarket brands you are familiar with or are recommended by a mechanic you trust, even if these parts cost a bit more.

Patrick MINI in Schaumburg just west of Chicago only uses OEM parts manufactured by MINI that are specifically made for your MINI Cooper model. So, whether parts are needed for your MINI when servicing with us or you are planning your next DIY project, make sure to use parts that match the parts that came with your vehicle when it rolled off the assembly line.

5 reasons to use genuine OEM parts:

  1. They are made by MINI for your MNI
  2. You know they will fit properly
  3. Reliable distribution
  4. Ease of replacement
  5. Genuine OEM parts are backed with warranty and support


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