You might have heard the term original equipment manufacturer (OEM) at the mechanic when your vehicle needs a replacement part. But before you reach for your wallet, make sure you’ve looked closely at your car insurance policy to see if it covers OEM parts or specifies that you only use OEM parts for repairs, especially if you’re driving a newer vehicle.
Finding the right insurance for your needs and vehicle can be challenging. Recently, manufacturers and insurance agencies have partnered to provide insurance add-ons known as embedded insurance. This option makes adding OEM coverage more accessible when purchasing a new vehicle.
As the industry starts to embed buying auto insurance at the dealership or online, as an alternative to the traditional insurance process, make sure you know your options. Before you buy, learn more about OEM coverage, the pros and cons and what some top manufacturers offer.
- Many top auto manufacturers offer their own insurance policies with OEM parts coverage.
- An OEM coverage endorsement can be added to your personal insurance policy.
- Automakers continue to advance their insurance offerings with personalized premiums and parts and repair coverage.
Which car manufacturers offer insurance policies?
The auto industry is ever-changing — new driving and vehicle technologies and more personal data metrics — and insurance companies strive to progress quickly for improved coverage options.
Typically, OEM repairs on your vehicle are covered by car insurance if:
- Your vehicle is under seven years old
- Used OEM parts can be approved for repairs if new ones aren’t available or are overly expensive
- You have active collision and comprehensive car insurance or comprehensive-only
When car insurers and manufacturers partner, they offer options that match the needs of modern vehicles. Insurers may review driving data compiled by manufacturers to analyze risk and coverage options.
Below, learn more about some of the top manufacturers’ OEM coverage policies and partnerships that offer traditional car insurance policies as well.
Ford Insure is an auto insurance offering through Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company that provides smart driver and low-mileage discounts to drivers based on their connected vehicle data and driving behaviors. It’s available for 2020 vehicles or newer.
In the event of an accident, Ford Insure offers its members access to the Ford Certified Collision Network and access to OEM parts.
OnStar Insurance, operated by General Motors, offers auto insurance options for its car makes — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. It also will provide car insurance coverage for household members with non-GM brand vehicles. OnStar provides discounts and OEM parts coverage for repairs. And you don’t have to be on a paid OnStar plan to be eligible for OnStar Insurance.
Hyundai and Kia
After videos demonstrating how to steal push-button Hyundais and Kias trended online, car owners saw an uptick in vehicle thefts nationwide. When some car insurers stopped providing coverage for these models, Hyundai partnered with AAA to offer auto insurance policies to Kia/Hyundai owners. Additionally, Hyundai offers an OEM software upgrade and a steering wheel lock to deter theft.
Kia also offers vehicle protection plans, providing additional service and repair options for vehicle owners. Some OEM coverage includes brake pads, batteries, headlamps, belts, hoses and electrical system components.
Mercedes-Benz Insurance offers its vehicle owners driving discounts and vehicle protection plans through a car insurance partnership with Liberty Mutual. In addition, warranty insurance is available for wheels and tires, dents, windshields, parts, and interior and exterior repairs.
Continuing to push into new frontiers, Tesla now offers its own auto insurance option for vehicle owners. Using real-time driving data to determine a safety score and premiums, drivers can see their monthly rate change based on their driving performance. It also covers OEM repair costs and safety upgrades.
Through Insure Connect, operated by Toyota Insurance Management Solutions (TIMS), eligible vehicle owners can purchase usage-based insurance (UBI). By sharing their driving data, drivers can tailor their auto insurance policy to their needs and potentially save on premiums. Drivers in Alaska, California, Hawaii and New York are ineligible and not all Toyota models are eligible.
TIMS represents partnerships with National General Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Progressive, Travelers and Safeco Insurance. This insurance option also provides OEM parts coverage for Toyota repairs.
Through VWFS Protection Services, Inc., drivers can purchase a Vehicle Service Protection plan that provides OEM coverage for repair or replacement parts. Based on the selected plan, Volkswagen vehicles’ electronic systems, engines, transmissions, suspensions and more are covered, minus the driver’s insurance deductible. These plans work concurrently with manufacturer warranties but are not auto insurance policies.
Final thoughts: OEM insurance policies
It’s easy to presume aftermarket parts can be as good as OEM ones. However, some aftermarket parts are faulty or refurbished from a salvage. While there may be instances where you’re inclined to go with an aftermarket repair — especially if you’re driving an older vehicle — it may be worth the extra OEM cost to ensure your vehicle’s longevity on the road.
Remember, most car insurance policies won’t cover OEM parts, so it may be worth price-shopping an OEM endorsement on your current policy. You may want to discuss this with your dealership if you’re unsure of your vehicle’s repair and replacement options.
Resources & Methodology
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