Did you know that after a collision your insurance company probably has the greatest influence on the parts that are used to repair your car. Two out of three independent repair shops say the driving force behind parts decisions is not what they prefer, not what their customers prefer, or what makes the best quality repair—it’s the insurance company guidelines!

You may be surprised to learn that there’s a very good chance that not all the parts used to repair your vehicle will be OEM parts. In fact, body shops report over 40% of their repairs include aftermarket parts.

And, in addition to the obvious concerns about performance and quality, when one of those parts is replaced with anything other than an OEM part, there’s a very real question about how that alternative part will interact with the safety systems and other systems in your vehicle.