What Is OEM Coverage and Why Is It Important?
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) coverage is additional car coverage you can purchase that helps to ensure aftermarket parts will not be used when repairs are made to your vehicle. OEM insurance is important coverage because your car will be repaired with new OEM products that were originally designed and engineered to fit the make and model of your car. If maintaining your vehicle with original parts is a priority, that additional OEM endorsement can help you get the parts you need when they’re available.
When your car goes in for covered repairs, you may have questions about the parts and materials the body shop will use to restore your car. And one big question you need to have answered is whether or not your repair shop will use new OEM parts and components.
Here’s the good news: at American Family Insurance, OEM coverage is available when original factory parts are a priority for you. OEM insurance coverage requires that your car will be rebuilt with original factory equipment when possible.
There’s a lot to learn about additional OEM insurance for your car.
Does My Car Insurance Cover New OEM Auto Parts?
Most base auto policies don’t specifically require auto repairs to use OEM parts. When it comes to what parts will be used to replace broken components of your car, additional OEM coverage can help you feel better about repairs being made during a covered loss. Quality parts — designed and assembled by your car’s manufacturer — will be used whenever possible.
Getting OEM parts installed with this coverage can depend on several factors:
- OEM coverage is only available for vehicles that are under seven years old
- Your repair shop will defer to using OEM parts, but without this coverage they can use other aftermarket products as well
- Repair shops may opt for used OEM parts when aftermarket options aren’t available — but with this coverage, new OEM products will be prioritized and used across the entire repair of your vehicle, when possible
- Your car will need to have active collision-and-comprehensive coverage, or comprehensive-only insurance to qualify for OEM coverage
What's the Difference Between OEM Parts & Aftermarket Parts?
Aftermarket parts are auto components that are not sourced from your car’s maker. OEM parts are specifically designed for your car by its manufacturer. If you prefer to have original manufacturer parts and products used when repairs are made, OEM insurance coverage can require mechanics to install these preferred parts whenever possible.
Here’s more good news: opting for new OEM vs. aftermarket parts may even help you sell your car faster. This is because discerning used car buyers often like to know that when a vehicle was repaired, original parts were opted for when repairs were made. With this protection, prospective car buyers may be glad that you went that extra mile.
How Does OEM Endorsement Coverage Work?
An optional coverage that’s added to your auto policy, an OEM insurance endorsement works by helping to guarantee that only original equipment manufacturer’s parts and materials will be used when making covered repairs to your vehicle.
Suppose you’re driving on the highway and your vehicle is rear-ended by another car. With OEM parts insurance, all repairs made to your car will be made with OEM parts as a priority. The OEM endorsement on your auto policy mandates that all replacement parts for damaged bumpers, tail lights, etc., will be sourced from your car’s manufacturer whenever possible.