Are my car parts OEM, OES, Genuine, Aftermarket....or what??
Here at MiniMania we take pride in offering the very best part options for your beloved Classic Mini, New MINI, Spridget and Morris Minor. But where do all our parts and accessories come from?
LESSON 1: There Are Really only THREE Distinctions
LESSON 2: Quick Definitions Of What Each Classification Mean
Original Equipment Suppliers (OES) and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM): Essentially the same thing - refers to parts built by an outside company that initially made the parts for the auto manufacturer.
Aftermarket: car parts that were never sold to the car manufacturer at the time the car was produced in the factory.
Genuine or Original Equipment (OE): are parts that are acquired directly from the factory.
LESSON 3: What's The Real Differences Between Them All?
OES and OEM Parts and Accessories
It’s important to note that BMW/MINI (as well as almost all other car manufacturers) typically don't make the parts that go into the MINIs but instead, assemble their them from parts made by outside companies.
Genuine or OE (Original Equipment) Car Parts
Genuine parts, sometimes referred to as OE (Original Equipment ) parts, are parts that are acquired directly from BMW/MINI and is an component that was installed in your MINI when it first rolled off the assembly line. All dealer-only parts are Genuine parts.
An Aftermarket part is from a company that manufactures parts after the MINI has been sold. They were never involved in the MINI's production. To make an Aftermarket Par, a company will buy the rights to make the part from the car maker. So, aftermarket suppliers will manufacture parts that are meant to be used as direct replacements for OEM or Genuine parts.
SO, WHICH PART SHOULD I BUY FOR MY MINI COOPER?
When it comes right down to it, it all depends on the part and your pocketbook. OEM and OES parts are designed to be functionally equivalent to the Genuine (OE) parts sold by BMW/MINI Dealers, so if you need a part that is instrumental in your car’s performance or to comply with a warranty, you may want to go with either the Genuine, OEM or OES parts.
AND A LITTLE MORE CLARIFICATION ON WHAT YOU'LL SEE ON OUR SITE
Anytime you see a part or accessory on Mini Mania labeled as
Value Priced or Value Line, you're getting an Aftermarket part. See a complete list of our Value Priced / Value Line Parts.
Parts labeled as Genuine MINI Parts come from the Original Supplier or from the manufacturer. (go to Mini Mania's OEM Parts article.)