Sooner or later, all cars need spare partsinstalled to replace the weakened and worn-out ones, even the majestic BMW. If you are feeling lazy and your pockets are deep, the easiest route is to take your Bimmer to the nearest dealership. They will sort out and clean up your car’s issues, hand over an invoice and the keys and you’re all done, easy as 1-2-3. However, whilst this is hassle-free, it will certainly cost you a pretty penny. There’s a reason the term ‘convenience fee’ came about, and by nature of this convenient hands-off approach, it certainly applies here.
Like much else in life, if you’re willing to put in a little time and effort, you can save yourself a great deal of money and even learn new skills and knowledge along the way. There are several ways you can go about buying BMW car parts you should consider and then you’ll want to spend time researching online what common knowledge is out there on how to install them yourself. Oftentimes you’ll find DIY videos about replacing or upgrading your BMW’s parts and sometimes you might even find a helpful, printable guide or handbook.
Buying Your Own BMW OEM Parts
Oftentimes, if you can’t find the exact spare parts you need, for both new and old bimmermodels, you can call customer service and they should be able to tell you exactly what you need. OEM (original equipment manufacturer) ordered directly from a store or retailerare BMW approved. Therefore, they’re just as reliable and durable as Genuine BMW parts, and likewise 100% guaranteed to fit your vehicle.
The main advantage of buying OEM is that quality is guaranteed. For many BMW drivers, performance is crucial. You don’t want to buy cheaper spare parts, only to discover that they significantly detract fromyour car’s performance.
The main disadvantage of OEM is that they’re usually more expensive.
Buying Aftermarket BMW PartsOnline
Aftermarket parts don’t come from BMW itself. Instead, they are manufactured by a different company. Some aftermarket BMW parts are direct replacements for the original, while others are manufactured more generically so might require some tweaking and/or adaptations. Also, if you are shopping for a newer model, check to make sure any aftermarketparts you buy won’t void the manufacturer’s warranty (if you still have one). It’s pointless saving money on replacements if it busts your Bimmer’swarranty.
In general, aftermarket is cheaper than OEM. Quality is also a variable to consider, as cheaper imports oftentimes sacrifice quality in favor of lower cost. It is easier to find aftermarket car parts for an older BMW.
Regardless of your Bimmer’s model-year, you can usually find your BMW parts online pretty quickly. Many shops and retailers have a good variety of quality/price options. For example, when checking eEuroparts.com you can simply enter your VIN and they’ll show you their BMW parts catalog that only fits your car.
Sourcing Used BMW Parts
Finally, there is a healthy market for used BMW parts online and in scrap yards. If you are the proud owner of a vintage BMW, then buying used is a great option. There’s Craigslist, eBay and of course your local junkyards. Once old BMWs are scrapped, any usable spare parts are removed and sold. So unless your Bimmer is incredibly old, you really should have no problem sourcing replacements for it.
For new cars, stick to Genuine BMW and OEM parts to avoid warranty problems and performance issues. For an older BMW, buying aftermarket or even used car parts should not cause you any problems as long as you’re mindful of where you’re getting them.