What is the difference between OEM and OE?

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When you buy a vehicle, there is always thought of service and repair for the future. You always think about what kind of parts are vulnerable to wear-outs with time. These parts are the perishable ones and are usually the belts, tires, and brake pads (if any). The companies do not provide you with a warranty for these parts either. But they are not really of much concern. But if you, unfortunately, get into an accident, your vehicle might suffer more extensive damage than some belts and brake pads. 

When that happens, and you are getting your vehicle repaired outside the dealer or company workshop, different types and classes of parts are available. These parts are either OEM, i.e. the ones that are produced by the companies like Bosch but branded with the vehicle manufacturer’s name, or OE, which are also the ones that are made by companies like Bosch. But the difference between OEM and OE is that the former carries the vehicle manufacturer’s name, while the latter doesn’t. Now, there is always a query about OEM vs OE.

Let’s take an example. Your car (say a Toyota) may have a part or component carrying the name Bosch, which is not a vehicle manufacturing company. But that particular part for your car (say a Toyota) may still be branded as Toyota. This part is called the OEM part.

But some parts in your car may be manufactured by companies like Bosch and carry its name, rather than the vehicle manufacturer’s name. These parts are called OE parts. 

So the fundamental difference between OEM and OE is branding. OEM parts carry the vehicle manufacturer’s name and OE carries the part manufacturer’s name. 

OE (Original Equipment)

OE means Original Equipment. OE is a part that the manufacturer fits into your vehicle when it exits the factory floor. These parts are the ones that are made for the cars and do not come out of the factory floor as a single entity. Original equipment is considered to be the best fit for a vehicle in case a component or part, be it a small headlight or a whole transmission, needs to be replaced after an accident. 

Since the original equipment is manufactured or sold by the vehicle manufacturer itself, there will be no doubt about a better output in the vehicle (unless you go for an upgrade via aftermarket parts). The original equipment or OE parts are designed by a vehicle manufacturer but mass-produced by another third party company. For example, several massive companies like Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Scania, etc. contact other companies like Behr to produce some of these components, which are then rebadged and put in the vehicles. 

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

Then there is the other part of the OE vs OEM, the OEM parts. OEM means Original Equipment Manufacturer. These parts are produced by the manufacturer for the vehicles that are fitted in case of a repair. 

OEM parts would be identical to the OE parts fitted to the vehicle from the factory, in every which way. So you can use these parts in your vehicle to keep the shape, functional ability, and integrity intact. In addition, you will have peace of mind about your car being repaired with a part or system made by the original manufacturer – specifically for your model and isn’t just a general part common to several makes and models. 

OEM parts would usually be the ones that will be fitted by the company technicians in the dealer or company’s service workshop. But they are sometimes available in your local workshop if they have an OEM certification. So you can rest easy on that front. 

Hopefully, this has answered your queries about OEM vs OE. But wait, there are certainly other types of parts available for your vehicle that you might be tempted to use. 

Other Types Of Parts Available For Your Vehicle

There are the working parts sometimes extracted by the repair shops from scrap vehicles. Although they might be the original parts, they tend to be cheaper than the brand new ones. But because of their age, it might be a gamble on the functional ability of your vehicle to use them instead of the new ones. 

Then, there are aftermarket parts, which might be meant for your specific model. They are neither made nor certified by the manufacturer of the vehicle. Furthermore, there are two types of aftermarket parts. First, there are the ones that you use for their lower price. They might look the same but are vastly different when looked at from the perspective of quality. The second ones are used for upgrades. They are made for upgrading the looks, functional abilities, and performance of a vehicle. They fit your vehicle perfectly but, most often, are not certified or produced by the vehicle manufacturer. If you are looking to upgrade your vehicle, you might think of using these parts. But there is no telling if they will respond to your vehicle as well as they are supposed to be. 

So in case of a repair or restoration for your vehicle, you might want to do it with the OEM parts. 

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