On 12/24/2013 5:48 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I remember when the Federal Government changed that tax laws on the
inventories. After that point the service went down because inventories
were fully taxed each year and a company could not afford to maintain
the complete inventories they had previous.y
Which explains why many of the auto guys (FoMoCo was one) sold
their in house inventory to a 3rd party and then bought back only
what they used that day.
More bean counter games.
I had a great Ford dealer, well Lincoln-Mercury, actually. The
general manager was a very close friend. Unfortunately, he's still in
Vermont and we're in Georgia, now. I never had any problems getting
service on my Ranger. The Ford dealer there sure sucked, though.
OEM was never previously mentioned, until you must mentioned.
OEM and after market are NOT necessarily the same. OEM parts are
manufactured to a specific standard. Not all after market parts are.
Again no one mentioned that they did. However they do not use after market
parts unless they meet specifications dictated to qualify as OEM.
GM owned a brand, Delco. Delco made lots of replacement parts for GM
vehicles. Also available Exclusively through GM were OEM parts referred to
as "Target" parts. Many of these parts had the Target Parts logo on the
packaging but were not necessarily manufactured by a GM owned company.
These parts were OEM. Not all brand after market parts would qualify as
There is a lot of after market that does not qualify as OEM.
What I am saying is that Toyota uses better quality parts regardless of who
makes them than the less expensive brands that do not measure up.
What confused me was, "Toyota does not use after market parts to
manufacture their vehicles."
How can they? ...by the definition of the terms.
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Many manufacturers use basically "generic" or "off the shelf"
components which are THE SAME as what is sold as aftermarket parts -
parts made by Dana, or TRW, or some other company - too their spec -
and sold to the "aftermarket" off the same line.
In Japan you can likely buy "nippondenso" plug wires from the
aftermarket as well. Here in North America you generally can not - and
even some of the "dealer supplied" replacement parts are not,
technically, OEM - as they are from a different supplier than the
parts originally installed at the factory (and generally "locally
True, dealers do not always use OEM. Smaller dealers in smaller towns are
more likely to use aftermarket in the interest of repairing the vehicle in
a more timely manner Our dealership in Houston had a disclaimer
indicating that this might happen in the interest of repairing the vehicle
more quickly.. Our first choice was always OEM. It was extremely rare
that we resorted to using after market.
Basically a dealer prefers to use OEM as in the past GM would stand behind
the repair and part,,
Manufacturers offer several different grades and or styles of a given part
While OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, a part commonly
referred to as OEM in the trades is one that is basically indistinguishable
from any other same OEM part manufactured by a different manufacturer and
is built to the specifications of the automobile manufacturer.. It is
common for several manufacturers to make the same OEM part for a car
builder. Car builders can't rely on a single source for the same part.
There are countless after market parts that are made by a top quality
manufacturer but not all of the parts qualify as OEM
And even though these parts may perform as well as the OEM parts that they
manufacture there may be a physical difference that increases its coverage
of vehicles that it may fit.
K&M makes top quality after market air cleaners but for the most part they
are not OEM.
To install these after market air cleaners the installer might have to make
some kind of modification to any number of things, snorkel hoses, vacuum
lines, heat riser tubes, etc.. If K&M makes an OEM air cleaner for a given
vehicle the part will perform, fit, and look like the original.
I'm coming to the conclusion that if you plan to keep the vehicle,
use genuine replacement parts.
OTOH, if you do not plan to keep the vehicle, use after market parts
and pass potential short wear life on to the next owner.
After all, it is the seller not the buyer who probably knows the true
value of an item.
IMHO still not worth the gamble not using genuine replacement parts. If
you buy after market you may or you may not be buying OEM. if you buy an
after market oil filter that does not measure up you could sustain
substantial engine damage should the filter fail, and this could happen
within a few hundred miles after installing. It would be a bitch to have
the engine fail before you got rid of a vehicle that you do not plan to
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