What Parts Should You Buy: Aftermarket or OEM?

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A car repair can cost a lot of money. That’s why it’s important to consider aftermarket parts versus original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. An independent repair shop may provide savings that you wouldn’t get at the car dealership you bought your vehicle from. Doing your homework by researching options saves time and money.

Here’s What You Need to Know:

Aftermarket parts can be as good or even better than OEM parts says, Edmunds. Smaller companies spend a lot of time on design making it well worth the investment to buy aftermarket parts from lesser known companies.

Brand names make a difference. Aftermarket parts that don’t have a brand name are often seen as being unpredictable. That’s why it’s important to find a company that brands its parts even if they aren’t OEM parts.

Advantages of aftermarket parts include lower cost, improved quality by superior design, and better selection and more availability. You have options that you don’t have with OEM parts. That’s where car repair becomes less expensive. The more time you spend researching your options, the more money you save.

Disadvantages of aftermarket parts include no warranty, inconsistency where quality is concerned, and too many options. You could easily become overwhelmed while doing a car repair because you have too many choices to compare. You also may not get the type of warranty you have with OEM parts. This can tell you whether or not your car repair will cost you, even more, money.

If you have the chance to buy aftermarket parts for a good price when doing a car repair, by all means, do so. If you don’t have any other option than to get OEM parts, make sure that they come with a warranty so you’ll get as much use out of them as you possibly can.

Performance Auto Repair in Montgomery can help you with all your auto maintenance needs. Call us at (334) 245-6600 or make an appointment online.

Comments

  1. There will always be arguments for and against brand name, it really comes down to preference. If you have a newer vehicle you may want to get OEM parts. Some people don’t really mind the aftermarket options. I think there are pros and cons to both.

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