OEM

OEM: Original equipment manufacturer. Usually refers to replacement parts for a vehicle that were made by the same manufacturer as the car, (and purchased thru the OEM distribution system) rather than replacement parts made by a different manufacturer.

  • Dealer OEM: New, undamaged, never used parts manufactured directly by the OEM or their approved designee distributed thru the OEM dealership network.
  • Alternative Channel OEM:
  • New, undamaged, never used parts manufactured directly by the OEM or their approved designee distributed independent of the dealership network.
  • Surplus OEM: New undamaged, never used parts manufactured directly by the OEM or their approved designee distributed either thru the OEM dealership network or independently.

Non-OEM Aftermarket

  • Certified Aftermarket: New, undamaged, never used parts manufactured other than by the OEM or their approved designee and recognized by an industry accepted certification entity, i.e., CAPA or NSF.
  • Non-Certified Aftermarket: New, undamaged, never used parts manufactured other than by the OEM or their approved designee and not recognized by an industry accepted certification entity, i.e., CAPA or NSF.

USED:

  • Recycled OEM: previously used OEM manufactured parts taken from a salvage vehicle or another vehicle.  Condition should be described using ARA accepted damage and location codes.
  • Recycled Aftermarket Certified: Previously used Aftermarket Certified parts taken from a salvage vehicle or another vehicle.  Condition should be described using ARA accepted damage and location codes.
  • Recycled Aftermarket Non-Certified: Previously used Aftermarket Non-Certified parts taken from a salvage vehicle or another vehicle.  Condition should be described using ARA accepted damage and location codes.
  • OEM Blemished: Scarred or damaged OEM manufactured parts no longer to be considered new.  Condition should be described using ARA accepted damage and location codes.
  • OEM Take Off: Previously used OEM parts removed from a never sold OEM manufactured vehicle no longer to be considered new.  Condition should be described using ARA accepted damage and location codes.

Rebuilt/Reconditioned:

A used part that has been restored to OE standards and condition typically sold on an exchange (core) basis.

OPT OEM (Optional OEM) or ALT OEM (Alternative OEM)

New OEM parts that may or may not be procured through alternate sources other than the OEM Dealer or parts distributor. OPT OEM or ALT OEM parts may reflect some specific, special, or unique pricing or discount. These parts may include assemblies.

ECONOMY PART:

Any new vehicle part of accessory that is purchased from a source other than the OEM parts distribution network also described as Aftermarket or Non-OEM.

*The subset of terms below are terms identified by California legislative/regulatory resources.

*OEM: New replacement parts manufactured by or for the vehicle’s Original Manufacturer and obtained through the OEM’s authorized parts distribution system. Carries OEM warranty.

*Non-OEM Aftermarket: New replacement parts obtained through non- OEM authorized parts distribution system. These parts may be of OEM or non-OEM manufacture. Does not carry OEM warranty.

*USED: Parts previously installed and used on another vehicle. Typically assumed to be of OE manufacture.

*REBUILT: A used part that has been restored to OE standards and condition. Typically sold on an exchange (core) basis.

*RECONDITIONED: At part removed from a customer’s vehicle, restored to original specifications and condition, and reinstalled on the vehicle