What is a Tier 2 supplier?
A Tier 2 supplier is a parts manufacturer that makes automotive parts for the car manufacturer based on specifications and quality testing protocols provided by the car maker but designed to be sold to shops and do it yourselfers. Tier 2 parts are sold to car dealerships and online sellers under a variety of brand names like ACDelco, Motorcraft, Mopar, etc.
Parts made by Tier 2 suppliers are often not the exact same parts as those installed at the assembly plant. Instead they are referred to as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) quality parts. Tier 2 parts are designed to perform like an OE part but may not meet be made of the exact same materials as an OE part and they may not meet the rigid Federal specifications required for new vehicles.
What is a Tier 1 supplier?
A Tier 1 supplier, on the other hand, is a parts manufacturer that makes automotive parts for the car manufacturer based on specifications and quality testing protocols provided by the car maker and intended to be installed on a new vehicle. Tier 1 parts are installed at the car maker’s assembly plant and are designed to meet rigid Federal safety regulations.
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