Since their foundation in 1910 Alfa Romeo has become an iconic symbol in car manufacturing. With stunning good looks, unique style and a touch of Italian passion ever since the first Giuseppe Merosi designed Alfa 24HP rolled out of the factory in 1910, Alfa cars have been the pride of any garage. As a car owner you want to give your Alfa the love it deserves and hence ensure you get the best Alfa Romeo car parts possible to keep her in perfect shape.
Alfa Romeo are currently part of Fiat and boast a highly versatile range of top spec cars to suit anyone with a passion for excellence and beauty. Alfa’s latest 2012 line up includes the iconic Alfa Mito and the Giulietta, however some of their bestselling models have included the Alfa Romeo Spider, the Sportwagon and the Brera, the Giulia and the GTA.
Whether you have a golden oldie or a brand new Alfa at some point you will need to buy replacement car parts. There are various options available for replacement Alfa Romeo car parts which include NOS, OEM, OE, aftermarket, reproduction parts. Understandably it can all get a little confusing for someone new to the game, however the explanation of these terms is quite straightforward.
OE stands for Original Equipment; this type of part will come directly from Alfa or Fiat, or alternately can come second-hand from car dismantlers and other Alfa owners. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer; this type of part is an original Alfa car part that has been produced by an external manufacturer. Bosch for example supply the original fuel injector for the Alfa Spiders, so if you need a replacement you can buy an identical par from Bosch and it will be original even if it is not Alfa Romeo branded.
NOS are New Old Stock; these can be OEM or OE and are car parts that Alfa no longer supply, but used engines for sale may still be found in dealer’s catalogues. NOS are often the solution for replacement parts for older Alfa Romeos.
Aftermarket replacements are car parts produced completely outside of Fiat and Alfa by independent manufactures. They are used either as replacements for Alfa car parts that are no longer manufactured by the original vendors, or as improvements on the original parts that might have been prone to failure. Independent suppliers also make reproduction parts to the exact specifications of the original parts. These are becoming more and more in demand as NOS stocks run low.
There are many ways to buy your Alfa car parts. You can get OE and OEM parts directly from your Alfa or Fiat dealer. Alternately many OEM, reproduction, NOS and aftermarket parts are available online direct from manufactures, car parts suppliers and vehicle dismantlers.
When selecting the correct part for your Alfa it is essential to have your vehicle information to hand, including model, year of manufacturer (this can be found by consulting your vehicles registration number in the UK; a simple online search will provide you with some basic details) part numbers and dimensions. If possible it is advisable to inspect any aftermarket or second-hand parts before purchase. It is also recommended to visit one of the many online forums regarding aftermarket and OEM products, where other Alfa owners have discussed the best options for their cars.