Aftermarket parts vs OEM parts!

Aftermarket parts vs OEM parts!

When taking your vehicle to a dedicated dealership service department you can nearly always be sure you are getting OEM parts also known as Orginal Equipment Manufacturer parts, These parts are made by the company that makes the vehicle and some perceive them to be higher quality but is it actually true? Well, there is no right or wrong answer, As with many things in life there is pros and cons to it.

 

So firstly we need to define what actually is an aftermarket part?

Well an aftermarket part is a part that was not made by the company that manufactured your vehicle, In the aftermarket, there is many varieties of quality, you have brands that shine through and then brands that don’t but either way It is always wise to ensure that aftermarket parts do indeed come with warranty just in case anything is ever to go wrong. As a bonus tip be sure to ask the parts interpreter at the shop to get their insightful opinion.

 

So what are the Pros and Cons of Aftermarket parts? 

Pros –

 • They are typically cheaper than OEM parts

 • Certain brands actually provide much greater quality than OEM parts

 • With aftermarket parts you have a wide variety to choose from

 • There is typically a greater supply of aftermarket parts which can squash any wait times.

 

Cons –

 • Greater difference in quality between brands which can be confusing

 • Certain brands will not provide warranty with their parts

 • The variety of options can make it difficult to pick which brand you will go with.

 

Ok so we know the Pros and cons of the aftermarket parts but what about OEM?

 

Pros – 

• Much simpler decision-making process compared to aftermarket parts.

• With OEM parts you can nearly always be sure they will be decent quality.

• OEM parts always come with warranty and give you a peace of mind in case something goes wrong.

 

Cons – 

• OEM parts can be quite hard to source sometimes, oftentimes people must resort to places like eBay or other online marketplaces to try and source these parts in a reasonable manner of time.

• Some Aftermarket brands may actually be of higher quality than OEM.

 

So now you know the pros and cons of each, which should you go with?

 

As many people say the old reliable is often the best way to go at least in the case if you are not familiar with After-market brands often times it can be the better option to ask our parts interpreter or to go with the OEM parts.

 

 

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