Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Is OESAA a selling group?
No. We are purely an association of OE Manufacturers concerned with ensuring that independent workshops are aware of the difference between genuine OE Parts and those claiming ‘Matching Quality’.
2. Are all members’ brands OE?
No. they are not. Some members have non-OE brands which do not meet our criteria and are therefore excluded. Members declare the brands that qualify. For instance, the KYB and ZF ranges of coil springs are not included.
Members can only use the OESAA logo in advertising for their OE brands.
3. Some of you are competitors - Is this difficult ?
OESAA recognises no boundaries in this respect. We share a common concern which is Safety Critical - Does someone have to lose a life before we all recognise the risk of fitting inferior / sub-standard non-tested parts?
Also, we are all very aware of the anti-trust laws and all members sign an anti-trust document before every meeting.
4. Is the Original Equipment product actually the best product for the customer, particularly from a cost perspective as the vehicle age?
Vehicle Manufacturer and OE Suppliers invest millions in R & D as well as testing to ensure that the product offers the highest levels of performance and safety to the consumer.
We also recognise that as the vehicle ages it loses value, making repair costs more sensitive. We should not assume that the cost of the OE product supplied in the aftermarket is so high as to be prohibitive to this repair. We do our best to address this whilst recognising that customers have the freedom to make a choice to fit a second line product - but it has to be an informed choice.
5. Are you saying that all second line products are poor quality?
Absolutely not! Although some second line brands might be, rightly, feeling uncomfortable!
However, there are some brands that will actually benefit from the clarification that we seek. These are the brands that actually sell good quality products, or are even re-sellers of OE Quality. Our Primary objective is to stop certain brands from claiming a ‘Matching Quality’ level when they / their sources are not OE Suppliers and have no means of validating their spurious claims.