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1. What are O.E.M. Parts?
OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) is a term used for parts made by the manufacturer of your automobile.
2. What does O.E.R mean? Is it important?
All OER (Original Equipment Reproduction) products manufactured for GM models are officially licensed
by General Motors insuring the quality and originality of each and every part.
3. What does “Aftermarket” mean?
"Aftermarket" is a term used to describe repair/replacement parts for your automobile that are not produced by the manufacturer of your car. Many "Aftermarket" parts carry certification by "CAPPA" which helps ensure the integrity and basic quality of the part. Usually these parts are less expensive and therefore some insurance policies authorize the use of these parts. These parts are sometimes referred to as "Quality Replaced Parts".
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DID YOU KNOW?
The Chevrolet Chevelle was created in 1964 as a midsize model automobile from Chevrolet. It was produced throughout the 1960s and 70s and was one of General Motors ' most successful models. Chevelle models ranged from economical family cars (by the standards of the day) to powerful coupes , although many survivors are from the latter group. The Malibu was at first an upmarket submodel of the Chevelle but later became a model in its own right. The Chevelle chassis (based on the reengineered GM A platform ) provided the platform for the Chevrolet Monte Carlo , a very successful model itself. The Chevelle lineup was originally deemed as a Chevy II replacement; however, Chevy II sales filled the niche for the Corvair since it could not outsell its competition.
A utility version of the Chevelle station wagon, the El Camino , was part of the lineup; the El Camino outlived its passenger car counterpart until its demise in 1988 - some suggest that the sales of the Chevrolet S-10 pickup led to the El Camino's demise.
The Chevelle SS represented Chevrolet's entry into the hot midsize muscle car battle. Early 1964 and 1965 Chevelles had a Malibu SS badge on the quarter panels; after 1966, the Malibu badging disappeared except for those sold in Canada. The Chevelle SS was the high performance version and had its own line of engines and performance equipment. The engines available included a 350, a 396 - rated at 325, 350 and 375hp, and the venerable 454 - rated at 390 and 450hp. It was the 454 that made the Chevelle a legend. The Ls-6, with 450hp and 500lb-ft of torque would rocket this car through the 1/4 mile in low to mid 13s at 105-108mph. This is Corvette ZR-1, Ferrari Testarossa and Porsche 911 stomping ground. After 1970, the engine ratings went south quickly and 1972 would be the last of the great Chevelle SS models. With the top engine rated at 245 gross horsepower, the car was a good performer, but not legendary.
Many customers, however, chose the Chevelle as an economical family car that, while not as expensive to operate as larger models (including the Chevrolet Impala ), had enough room to seat a family of five in reasonable comfort. Popular convenience items ranged from power steering , power brakes , automatic transmission , air conditioning and stereo radio; plus appearance items including vinyl top , full wheel covers and whitewall tires.
The Chevelle nameplate became superfluous in the mid-1970s, as it was tied to the Malibu name in sales literature (as in, Chevelle Malibu ), and it was retired after the 1977 model year.