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OEM is an acronym “Original Equipment Manufacturer”
“OEM”and Aftermarket Parts should not be confused. Most car manufacturers find it impossible to actually manufacture all the various parts in their cars and thus use independent outside manufacturers.
Aftermarket parts are made by companies that may purchase the rights to make a product, or reverse engineer a product and thus are built to fit and perform as well as the original but were never actually supplied to the manufacturer. While these parts are typically made with the same type of machines and with the same type materials, slight visual differences are often evident. Some aftermarket companies also continue to engineer a product and thus can often make a product that is actually better or longer lasting than the originals. And often times they are much cheaper.