Understanding Your Options: Part Types Defined

OptOE  (Optional Original-Equipment)

  1. These parts may be OEM Surplus parts:
  • Manufacturer overproduced a certain part number and cant move at their price point -and sell to a small group of pre-approved third party part distributor partners.
  1. These parts may be OE Blemished:
  • Specific batch of parts fail manufactures quality control for small imperfection
  • Manufacturer does not have time/ processes in place to accommodate a “fix” and offer parts to pre-approved network of third party distributors for a heavily discounted price.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)

  • OEM parts are the parts that came on your vehicle when it was new, on the lot, from the manufacturer. OEM replacement parts can only be purchased DIRECT from the vehicle manufacturer (Toyota, Ford, GM, etc.) via the local dealership network.
  • OEM parts are new parts, matched to your vehicle by VIN and guaranteed to fit, and perform just like the part that was on your vehicle when it only had 1 mile on it.
  1. OEM parts are engineered for the vehicle, in most cases these parts are the most expensive option when selecting a part type after a collision. Until now, OEM parts have sometimes been the ONLY option for certain part types due to safety concerns.


  • Aftermarket parts in the collision industry or slightly different then what the typical person might think of; these are not the body kits, 5’ spoilers and extra accessories that you might see on a millennial’s “beater” to cheaply improve the appearance or performance of the vehicle. These are reverse engineered to have multi-functional use, while trying to achieve form, fit and function as the OE counterpart.
  • Aftermarket parts are made by third party companies who develop the parts from “scratch” start-to-finish.
  • These parts might have slightly varying dimensions, materials and may not come serviced like the OEM part. (might not include the fasteners, fluids or other items that come included with the OEM part which might not always make it the most cost-effective option for the vehicle owner and insurance partner.
  • Aftermarket parts are still known to have form, fit and function issues, and typically must be thoroughly inspected and fitted before repairs are started.
  • These extra steps and time are typically not paid for by insurance carriers, and the cost is absorbed by the shop.


  • Salvage parts are gathered from total loss vehicles from areas of the car that were not affected by the accident. (i.e.- a vehicle hit in the front, might still have taillamps that are salvageable because they were left untouched by the loss)
  • Salvage parts are matched by the purchaser knowing the year, make, model, trim level and any additional options the vehicle might have in order to select the right part. Many times, a miscommunication between the purchaser and the salvage yard might lead to the end user receiving the incorrect part, even though it might appear to be the same part.
  • Salvage parts are typically delivered “as-is” and are not serviced with any warranty. These parts are graded in the industry by the amount of wear or existing damage that the part might have and will usually require some extra labor to refinish or clean the part by the repairer/ installer.
  • Salvage parts have a return rate in collision industry that, on average, can range from 30%-50% depending on the part type, creating delays in repair duration and increases in rental car costs.


  • Reconditioned parts, by definition, are Original Equipment (OE) parts that have been harvested from vehicles, repaired to be “like-new” and sold as a more cost effective alternative than OEM.
  • These parts carry the benefit of having parts original designed and engineered by the manufacturer, but offer a lower price point for the end user.

The O1P Difference

  • Original One Parts takes the reconditioned part category to a new standard in quality, precision and accuracy in all aspects of harvesting, certifying and distributing in a timely and convenient manner by developing a meticulously tested and proven process to certify salvage parts back to OE spec.
  • Parts are serviced and delivered exactly like the OEM counterpart, protected in an Original One box.
  • Our proprietary VINtegrity™ Certification Process ensures a perfect VIN-to-VIN match, so you receive the correct part the first time, reducing unnecessary returns, costing collision centers millions a year in labor, rental charges and customer dissatisfaction.
  • The O1 certification process filters out parts that can not pass an optical vision test, torque test, thread test, dye pen test and magnaflux so the installer does not end up with a subpar piece that needs to be reordered.
  • The O1 Limited Lifetime Warranty allows Collision Centers, Insurance Carriers, and vehicle owners the peace of mind that Original One Parts will make them whole on any issues related to our parts.