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All About Mazda OEM Parts

Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japanese automaker that first made headlines by making three-wheeled trucks. Mazda has come a long way, renowned for a wide variety of vehicles to suit every driver's needs. The company began in 1930 in Hiroshima and began partnering with Ford Motor Company in 1975-a relationship that continued until 2015. That same year, Mazda partnered with Toyota in what both manufacturers called a long-term partnership. This led to Mazda offering Toyota SkyActiv gasoline.

Today, Mazda offers 10 different vehicles with more slated for release in 2022 and beyond. The current models include the Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-5 SkyActiv-D, Mazda CX-9, Mazda 3 Sedan, Mazda 3 Hatchback, Mazda 6, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and Mazda MX-5 Miata RF. From crossovers and SUVs to sedans and sports cars, there's a Mazda for everybody, and every Mazda driver deserves original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.

Wondering where to buy Mazda OEM parts?

You should only ever buy Mazda OEM parts from a reputable Mazda dealer or directly from the manufacturer. However, purchasing them from a Mazda dealer near you is more convenient. You will likely get the part(s) faster, and there is no significant savings if you purchase from the Mazda manufacturer.

It's important to avoid buying so-called Mazda OEM parts from third parties that are not directly associated with Mazda. There's no way to prove that these Mazda OEM parts are authentically Mazda or if they are in brand-new condition. Purchasing used Mazda parts from third parties, even if they are genuine, might save you money, but at what cost? Used parts might malfunction, wear out quicker than new parts, or they might look just fine but have hidden issues.

Your Mazda is in charge of keeping you safe behind the wheel. It's a machine that requires Mazda OEM parts and nothing less. By purchasing these parts from your local Mazda dealer, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you're doing everything necessary to keep you and your passengers safe.

Mazda OEM parts can also help you sustain your vehicle's value should you choose to ever sell. A dealer or savvy buyer will be aware of non-OEM Mazda parts, and that can bring down your asking price. Only an authentic Mazda part is capable of delivering the safety and performance you've come to expect from this leading manufacturer.

What does OEM parts mean?

Mazda OEM parts, or original equipment manufacturer parts, are parts of your Mazda that are officially from Mazda. It sounds like a pretty straightforward explanation, but it's important to understand why OEM parts matter so much.

First, even though OEM is the same acronym in many industries, it's a little different in the auto world. Other industries might consider OEM parts as produced by one business and sold by another as long as it's under the correct branding. The auto industry requires a Mazda OEM part to be produced by Mazda exclusively. When you choose authentic parts, you're getting parts that were created for your Mazda by those who know it best-the manufacturer.

What you get with Mazda OEM parts

A Mazda dealer should only repair and maintain Mazdas using Mazda OEM parts. That's one of the most significant benefits of only allowing your local dealer to care for your vehicle. Other repair shops likely won't use OEM parts, but "aftermarket" parts. Aftermarket parts are designed to be one size fits all, and often need to be modified to fit your Mazda. A vehicle is a precise machine, and you don't want to take this risk.

Plus, when aftermarket parts are used, it takes a lot of time! A mechanic can spend hours or even days calling around to find aftermarket parts just to save cash. When ordering Mazda OEM parts, the process is fast and simple because Mazda is directly contacted. Mazda knows exactly what each vehicle needs, so there's never any worry about getting the wrong part installed.

The real cost of aftermarket parts

Another common issue when using aftermarket parts is that they will probably need to be replaced much sooner than a Mazda OEM part. When a part is created to fit as many cars as possible, it simply won't last as long. An authentic part can stand up to wear and tear and is always backed by OEM warranty coverage.

Aftermarket parts are usually less expensive at first blush, but that's not the reality. They wear out faster, they might damage your vehicle, they're not as safe, and in the end, they're just not the right move.

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Need a replacement part for your Mazda? Contact Jim Ellis Mazda Atlanta today and our technicians are ready to help! We're located at 5855 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30341.