OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts: Which Do You Choose?

It's never a fun day when your mode of transportation starts to sputter or breaks down and is sent to the shop. Depending on the repair procedure needed to get you back on the road, you may need a specific part to fix the problem. That's when you're faced with a choice. Do you go with the aftermarket or OEM (original equipment manufacturer) route?

Let's start with the basics. Aftermarket parts are not directly manufactured from your vehicle's make. On the other hand, OEM parts are created exclusively by your vehicle's manufacturer. Now let's jump into the differences and why, in most cases, you should go with the OEM version of the part you need.

Price:Aftermarket parts are the cheaper version of OEM parts meaning they'll usually be less than their counterparts. Even though you're paying more for OEM, most parts will be backed up with a warranty. As part of their lower costs, some aftermarket parts are sold without a warranty at all.

Quality: Fixing your vehicle with quality parts is key - another reason OEM is recommended. You can expect that the part you buy will match the old part because the manufacturer is the same. Some aftermarket parts are constructed with lower-quality materials, so you may end up worse off than you were before.

Selection:The selection of aftermarket parts can be very overwhelming if you're not sure what you're looking for. While the variety is there, OEM parts usually come in one type. This makes it quick and easy, and you're not left comparing brands and prices.

Now that you're up-to-date on the advantages of buying OEM parts, check out our wide selection at our parts center and feel free to give us a call or stop by Bayshore and talk to us in person.

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