When it comes to their advanced designs, meticulous craftsmanship, and quality factory parts, all new Mazdas are created equal. But once a vehicle requires repair, whether as a result of an accident, or normal wear and tear on parts like brakes, things can get quite different. This is because there are two types of parts you can use to fix a Mazda: Aftermarket (or imitation parts) and Genuine Mazda Body Parts.
When you use Genuine Mazda Body Parts to fix your vehicle, you're literally making that piece of it brand-new again. That's because Genuine Mazda Body Parts have been made from the same blueprints as the original. Every single part is guaranteed to perform and wear the same as the day you first drove your new Mazda. Equally important, only Genuine Mazda Body Parts are specifically covered by the Mazda warranty.
Aftermarket parts are quite different. They're generally made to a lower standard in order to cut costs. And without access to original manufacturing specifications, their fit and finish can be dramatically different - panels may not match up perfectly, brakes don't stop or wear as well, and lower-quality steel may corrode quickly. Worse yet, the original warranty could become invalid if aftermarket parts contribute to the damage of original parts. Even lease-end charges can be affected if the replacement parts fit poorly.
Always be sure to specifically ask your repair shop to use Genuine Mazda Body Parts before anyone creates a repair order or estimate. In addition, be sure to watch out when insurance companies try to use aftermarket replacement parts, which they misleadingly refer to as "like kind and quality." Depending upon the state you live in, you may actually have the legal right to demand Genuine Mazda Body Parts. If your insurance company refuses, simply contact your agent, or the office of the State Insurance Commissioner to find out what rights and recourse you may have.