An extremely common statement from vehicle owners objecting to LKQ parts is: “There isn’t one used part on my car and you’re not going to put used parts on my car!” Here’s the reality, though–when a new car is sold and driven off the lot, it immediately becomes “used.” It may still feel new to you, but to everyone else that’s just not the case. Your car, and every single part that comprises it, is in fact, used.
Insurance companies are required to provide adequate compensation to put your vehicle back in pre-loss condition. Any reputable body shop will not use parts that do not accomplish this. In fact, most body shops prefer to use LKQ parts over aftermarket parts because it eliminates issues with proper fit. Their repair looks better and takes less time to complete. Most people can’t even tell the vehicle was ever damaged at all.
So, if you are in the process of having a damaged vehicle repaired, and the insurance company wants to use junkyard parts, try not to fret. Take comfort in knowing that the parts you are receiving are 100% genuine, and that a good shop will not use them if they truly are junk parts. Moreover, the use of LKQ parts may mean the difference between repairing a car you love and having it total out.
If that doesn’t ease your mind and you still feel that OEM parts are the only option, be aware that you do have the right to demand OEM be used. However, you should be prepared to pay the price difference out of your own pocket. Insurance companies are under no obligation to pay for all OEM parts unless your policy specifically states as much. If it’s worth it to you, then go for it.