OEM or Aftermarket Parts? Part2
September 8, 2017
Aftermarket parts are manufactured by companies not associated with your vehicle’s original manufacturer. Despite not having the carmaker’s authorization, these parts will not void your vehicle’s warranty (only if they are direct replacement parts). These parts are designed exactly like the original manufacturer, so the part will work the same way and sometimes even better than before.
- More affordable: Usually will cost less than OEM parts and varies by brand.
- Same quality as OEM (Sometimes better): Aftermarket companies will often improve on the original manufacturer’s design.
- Wider variety of providers: There are a wide selection of aftermarket companies to choose from.
- More available: You can request an aftermarket part anywhere that repairs vehicles.
- Quality can vary: Some aftermarket companies sell at such low prices because they use cheaper materials.
- Selection is too wide: It is easy to get lost in a sea of aftermarket brands, especially if you do not know much about automotive parts.
- Warranty may not be included: Some aftermarket companies do not offer warranties because it helps keep their prices down.
As you can see above, the pros and cons of both type of replacements are pretty much even. However, picking between the OEM parts or aftermarket parts is more of a personal decision because of the variable involved in every situation. You should only request aftermarket parts if you are more familiar with aftermarket brands and have experience working on your own car. If you know what you are doing, aftermarket parts can save you a good chuck of money. So, if you know that this is not for you and you rather not risk buying a bad part, you should stick to OEM parts. When you request an OEM part, you are ensured quality unlike some aftermarket parts.