OEM vs Original Parts. The Facts.


You may have heard many different “facts” about Original Parts, but what really is the difference between OEM and Original Parts?

OEM parts may be touted as being superior, with some OEM manufacturers even going so far as to insinuate that Original Parts must be a low-quality product because they are less expensive. These marketing tactics are designed to scare you into thinking that using Original Parts is an inferior choice, and to trick you into spending more on an OEM part.

So the real question is, what is it that OEM part distributers don’t want you to know?

Ready for the truth? There’s no difference, not a single one.

OEM parts and Original Parts are usually made at the same factory/manufacturer. After being assembled, the parts get split up into OEM parts and Original Parts. Both OEM and Original Parts go on to be rigorously tested for quality and performance. Original Parts undergo the same testing standards as OEM parts and do not leave the factory unless they pass all of the very same tests!

The difference between OEM parts and Original Parts boils down to the marketing.

While Original Parts are sold and shipped directly to a parts distributor (like Allpoints or Tundra Restaurant Supply) who then sells the parts to service technicians, OEM parts are branded as an OEM product that garners high price premiums. OEM parts are sent to an authorized distributor that needs to meet specific minimums in order to keep their OEM Authorized status. They have incentives to get you to buy as many OEM parts as they can. Translation? You pay more for the name and nothing more.

Ultimately, what do OEM parts actually mean for you and your business? It means there is a middleman, which makes the cost of the part itself more expensive to you because of its label.

Original Parts cuts out the middleman altogether, supplying you with the same product at a lower price with additional benefits, like a longer warranty. Original Parts has a 6-month warranty on parts, which is 4 times longer than the traditional 90-day warranty offered with OEM parts. Under the rare occurrence that an Original Part fails within those 90 days, the part will be replaced, no questions asked.

Awesome! But won’t using Original Parts void my equipment warranty?

Yes, and no.

OEMs are always making a big deal that non-OEM parts will void your equipment warranty. Which is true, if your equipment is still under warranty. But considering that equipment only has a 1-year warranty how do you keep it running after that year is out? A series of focus groups conducted in 2015 found that 80% or more of equipment, on average, is out of warranty. If your equipment is out of warranty (and the stats show that for most of us, it is) you won’t be receiving new OEM parts from the manufacturer anyway, right?

If your warranty is already up, then Original Parts are the perfect solution for you as they have no impact on the warranty you don’t have! The OEMS have trained everyone to “Fear the Warranty” when the reality is that in most cases the equipment warranty has already expired. Before you become a victim of this scare tactic, check to see when your warranty is up. If it’s up, it’s time to make the switch to Original Parts.

Original Parts is the smart choice.

With Original Parts, you don’t have to choose between price, quality or availability. We stand behind the quality of our parts, which is why we offer a no-hassle returns policy and 6-month warranty coverage. Rest assured that Original Parts means a high quality part at a great price, always available when you need it.

Stop paying for manufacturer marketing campaigns. Make the most of your dollar with Original Parts. Still have questions? Check out the video below: