OEM is an acronym used in the auto industry that means Original Equipment Manufacturer.
It can refer to any car part - including wheels - that come as part of the vehicle when it is delivered to you from the factory - or when purchased from the automaker or via your dealership or Euro Auto Parts Direct when you need a replacement part.
Wheels that are not OEM are referred to as “aftermarket” or sometimes “non-original” and they are intended as a replica or the original part.
So what are the types of OEM wheels you can buy from us?
There are two different types of OEM wheels: steel and alloy. Steel wheels are less expensive to manufacture and are generally meant to be used as a "base" wheel on vehicles that are intended to be less expensive. Steel wheels are often found on trucks. The alloy wheel is the other type of wheel. It is much stronger and generally better looking than a steel wheel. They are made of aluminum alloy.
Most non-OEM - or aftermarket - wheels go through little to no quality control during or after the manufacturing process. As a result there are many reports of aftermarket wheels collapsing or breaking. OEM wheels, on the other hand, are designed for the vehicle and actually come with the specific model you buy. They are generally more stable and can enhance the and handling of the vehicle. OEM wheels are usually made in China under strict specifications from the original car manufacturer.
So what are some other advantages of OEM wheels?
They Ensure that the Vehicle is Original:
That fact alone can help maintain the value of your car. If the OEM wheels have been replaced with non-original, aftermarket wheels, the value of the vehicle may be reduced.
Manufacturers have much higher standards for their OEM equipment than aftermarket wheel makers do. So the aftermarket are often of far lesser quality.
They Look Better:
OEM wheels just look right on your luxury car. They were, after all, designed and chosen specifically for the vehicle that they are fitted onto. Aftermarket wheels often don’t complement the design of your luxury vehicle.
And Consider This:
These days, just about every vehicle manufactured has computer and electronic systems designed to adjust handling and suspension based upon what happens to the wheel that is standard for the vehicle. You don’t want to mess with that system.
By adding aftermarket wheels you are directly threatening that system because the computer system cannot interpret the data correctly. That means that the braking and stability of the vehicle could be harmed.
Think about it this way. Great suspension may be one of the key reasons you bought your luxury car. It’s a big part of your car’s ride quality. And wheels and tires are a big part of why you get that ride quality from a luxury car. If you decide to save and accidentally buy wheels that are too big for your car, they can scrape the interior liner of the wheel well and damage it. Buying wheels used, buying them cheap and lower quality increases the risk of damage, causing your car to vibrate have an unpleasant drive. It’s just not worth the risk.
Aftermarket wheels are also shown to actually increase wear and tear on suspension.
All of these factors taken together add up to the fact that aftermarket wheels can increase the risk of serious bodily harm of injury in the event of an accident.
Our verdict: Always choose OEM wheels. The they are made by your car manufacturer for your luxury car. They fit perfectly and provide you with the security you seek.
When you replace worn out parts and accessories on your luxury vehicle with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts from Euro Auto Parts Direct you upgrade performance and keep your luxury and exotic model driving optimally for years or even decades. By using genuine brand name parts that last longer than generic or used parts you also are helping to maintain its resale value.