What are Aftermarket Parts?

Sometimes an auto collision repair job at our Seattle body shop may call for replacing damaged parts with what are called “aftermarket parts.” These are simply parts that were not made by the original manufacturer. It is perfectly legal to use such parts, and their aftermarket nature should be no particular indicator of a low-quality or second-rate product.

Consumers should be aware that an auto body shop is required to provide them with an invoice of all parts used in the repair of their car, and that this invoice should identify all aftermarket parts used. Check your invoices to assure that your shop is complying with this, as a failure to do so may be indicative of dishonest repair work.