OEM Parts Buying Guide and Terms for Consumers
Many different terms are used in advertising and product descriptions to describe OEM and non-OEM appliance parts. Learn the different terms to know what you are truly buying.
Here are commonly used words to describe OEM Parts:
- Factory Parts
- Factory Certified Parts
- Factory-Certified Parts
Here are commonly used words to describe non-OEM Parts:
- Generic brand
- Exact replacement
- Like after market parts
- Kind after market parts
- Quality after market parts
- Universal replacement parts
Remember, only OEM means it was made by the manufacturer of your appliance. Don’t let someone pass off a used or generic part as the same or “better than” an OEM part.