OEM Parts' Effect on Profitability
After a parts bill that restricted aftermarket parts use was passed in Rhode Island, the OEM vs. aftermarket part debate was reignited. Various sides made their arguments, from automakers claiming aftermarket parts would compromise OEM repair procedures to the Automotive Body Parts Association claiming the bill would give OEMs a monopoly on parts sales.
But moving past the broader debate: What does it mean for shops to use more OEM parts than aftermarket parts? Does it affect the bottom line? According to the FenderBender Industry Survey, it does. Here’s a breakdown: