What Do You Choose When Your Taxi Needs A Fix
Taxi Magazine|Spring 2017

In the auto world, few things are agreed upon. Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to a particular taxi design, engine size or fuel economy. But there’s another topic that seems to get everyone riled up. It’s the subject of choosing taxi parts when they need a replacement. These fixes are inevitable – they’ll happen sooner or later, and it’s important for you to know what is the right kind of part when the time comes. But that’s where the problem lies. If you know the time to replace a certain part is around the corner, deciding on what you’ll swap it with can turn into a dilemma.

 

Loyiso Ngavu

A Catalogue of Taxi Parts

Generally speaking, there are three types of auto parts: genuine, OEM and aftermarket parts. There are also other kinds, including rebuilt, refurbished and used parts. There’s a good chance you’ve heard these distinctions before. If you haven’t or need clarification on them, you’ll find more detailed explanations below.

Genuine parts

Genuine taxi parts are the original components installed in your taxi when it was brand new. They are typically the most expensive of all parts, giving many people the impression that they are superior. This isn’t always true (we’ll elaborate on this later). Another thing to keep in mind is that genuine parts, although labelled as a product from your taxi’s manufacturer (you’ll find the logo on the box), are actually made by another company.

OEM parts

The term OEM is an acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM parts are basically built on the same line as genuine parts, and have the auto maker’s stamp of approval. Many argue that these parts are the better buy since they cost less than genuine parts.

Aftermarket parts

These kind of parts are made by another company besides the original maker. Companies who make aftermarket parts purchase the rights to produce parts for other car brands. They may look a bit different from genuine or OEM parts, but they still fit and perform as if they were the original thing.

Rebuilt parts

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