It is a situation most car owners have found them in at some point or another: after putting more kilometers than usual on your car over the summer, you start to notice it isn’t as responsive as it should be, and is making some suspicious noises. You figure it is better to have things checked out before winter comes, so you book an appointment with your mechanic, and he informs you that you will need to replace some important parts over the coming months.
If you drive a luxury vehicle like a Lincoln, this can raise serious questions about where you should source the parts. Most mechanics will try to ensure you get the best possible price on your repairs, and unfortunately this means that they may cut corners on the parts they use — especially if they don’t often work on luxury cars. A Lincoln is an incredibly well crafted machine, and it has been carefully designed to ensure perfect balance and energy flow; Lincolns are outfitted from the beginning with only the most premium parts to guarantee the best performance. In order to maintain the exacting standards of excellence to which your Lincoln was built, you will need to make sure that anything that gets replaced is replaced with parts that are certified OEM.
The good news for customers in larger markets like the Greater Toronto Area is that finding OEM replacement parts for your Lincoln is as easy as paying a visit to Colony Lincoln in Brampton, a well-known purveyor of Ford and Lincoln manufacturer-approved parts. Their staff can also help with any repairs you might need, and as Lincoln experts will ensure that your vehicle receives the care it deserves.
OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer,” and is usually used to distinguish parts that were built by the same company that built a vehicle’s original parts from parts that are similar but which are made by a third party manufacturer (these are generally known as aftermarket parts). While the OEM vs. aftermarket question is not as pressing when dealing with entry-level vehicles, if you are driving a fine-tuned machine like a Continental or Navigator, you will want to make sure that the parts that are powering your car are the ones the designer and manufacturer intended for you to use.
Keeping a Lincoln in excellent working condition is, for many owners, a labour of love: after all, a luxury car is more than just a way of getting from A to B — it’s more like a piece of art one can drive around in. As such, a driver who makes sure their Lincoln is operating at the top of its game is not all that different from a musician who takes great care to regularly re-string and polish their guitar. Just as a musician would never purchase inferior strings, a Lincoln owner should always insist on using OEM parts. The proof is in the performance.