Repairers are preoccupied by a single burning issue in 2022. Specifically, this debate surrounds the benefits of OEM versus aftermarket – thereby suggesting there are only two choices when acquiring vehicle parts. This argument ignores the existence of a third solution… Core!
But first, let’s recap the OEM versus aftermarket debate.
What are OEM parts?
OEM is an abbreviation of Original Equipment Manufacturer and refers to a situation where a dealer supplies spare parts. Sometimes components are made by the original manufacturer. But, in many cases, external suppliers create the parts which are then rebranded.
OEM is more expensive than aftercare. Although many would claim the quality is better (and therefore worth the extra investment). Customers can also buy with peace of mind, knowing their parts will fit.
Additional cost aside, buyers must sometimes wait longer for OEM parts. Furthermore, the improvement in quality isn’t always that pronounced compared to buying like-for-like parts from a third-party.
What are aftermarket parts?
Aftermarket parts are manufactured by third party companies and usually cheaper than their OEM alternatives. Delivery is faster too, meaning you can often receive parts within 48 hours of placing an order.
Framing this as part of the OEM versus aftermarket discussion, quality is often the trade off repairers pay for getting parts faster. And those components will probably fail sooner, leading to further expense later.
What if there was a third choice?
The OEM versus aftermarket argument suggests repairers have limited choices. In fact, there’s a third option that’s far superior and which precludes the need for OEM or aftermarket parts altogether.
Introducing remote OEM diagnostics tools
Remote diagnostic tools remove the need to buy expensive OEM or aftermarket parts – then wait for them to arrive (not ideal when you have customers waiting). Once plugged into a vehicle’s OBDII port these tools allow technicians to remotely connect, gather data, and complete all required work – while receiving real time updates.
Imagine being able to preserve vehicle parts instead of replacing them – cutting down your expenses, saving you time, and empowering your teams to conduct repairs in-house without the need to use main dealers. Not only that, but you’ll be able to improve your service delivery and improve customer satisfaction.
Well imagine no more. Because remote vehicle diagnostic tools are a reality and provide a viable third option for repairers caught up in the contentious OEM versus aftercare debate.
A remote assisted diagnostic tool can:
- Deliver pre- and post-repair reports in line with IIR guidelines
- Help your technicians better understand vehicle control units
- Make programming replacement keys easier
- Provide accurate vehicle diagnoses faster
- Provide easy access to security gateways
Not all remote diagnostic equipment is created equal
Remote diagnostic tools that help repairers become less dependent on OEM or aftercare parts is a step in the right direction. But, depending on which company you buy from, multiple tools may be needed to fix problems.
We’ve developed the Core remote diagnostic too. Core is tailor-made for accident repairers, garages, auto locksmiths and ADAS specialists. It’s suitable for a range of applications. And because it’s all-in-one there’s no need to invest in additional technology.