Do Body Parts Affect Safety?

January 8th, 2015 by

Do Body Parts Affect Safety

Do Body Parts Affect Safety?

The moments after a collision will conjure a lot of questions. Is everyone OK? What’s the damage to my vehicle? Will my auto insurance policy cover this? When will my car be repaired? Assuming there are no injuries, the first thing on your mind is most likely getting your car fixed and back on the road as soon as possible. But should you be concerned about what kind of body parts your body shop will use?  Aftermarket parts are just as good as OEM, right?

Wrong. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are made up of complex integrated systems that work together for optimal performance and safety. They are specifically designed, down to the smallest incremental measurement, to work in tandem with the other vehicle systems. The slightest alteration of these specifications can compromise safety. Aftermarket parts are not sourced by the manufacturer and are usually constructed using reverse engineering. That means the  aftermarket parts manufacturer examines the real Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part and tries to duplicate it. That might seem like a sound strategy, but it is not an exact science. These parts also don’t have to meet the OEM’s testing and quality requirements. That can mean body parts that aren’t up to Mercedes-Benz strict standards for materials, design and construction.

Our body shop, Keenan Collision Center, uses OEM Mercedes-Benz parts, so you can rest assured that your vehicle is being repaired the right way. Don’t compromise your safety, or the quality of your collision repair. Be sure to insist on Genuine Mercedes-Benz parts. Questions? Please feel free to contact Keenan Collision by phone at 215-345-6800 or via their website.

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