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Difference Between OEM & Aftermarket Car Parts


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At some point, every car owner will need to replace a part of their vehicle. Regarding buying or replacing auto parts, two main options are available: 

Both options have pros and cons, but what is the difference? In this blog, we’ll look closer at OEM Car Parts and Aftermarket Car Parts to help you decide which option is best for your vehicle.

What are OEM Car Parts?

What does OEM mean? OEM stands for “original equipment manufacturer.” OEM Parts are made by the same company that produced the original part of your vehicle. These parts are made to the exact specifications as the original ones, ensuring they fit and function as intended. One of the main benefits of using OEM parts is that they are often covered under warranty. You can usually replace the part for free if something goes wrong. OEM parts are also known for their high quality, as they are made to the same standards as the original parts.

What are Aftermarket Car Parts?

Aftermarket parts are parts that the original manufacturer does not make of a vehicle. Instead, they are produced by third-party manufacturers and sold as replacements for OEM parts. Aftermarket parts can include various products, including mechanical parts such as engines, brakes, and transmissions, and cosmetic parts such as body kits and spoilers. Aftermarket parts are often designed to be interchangeable with OEM parts, meaning they should fit and function just like the original part. However, there are some differences in quality and price between aftermarket and OEM parts. While aftermarket parts are often more affordable, they may need to meet the same quality standards as OEM parts. A broader range of options may be available for customization and upgrades. Vehicle owners should carefully consider their options when choosing between aftermarket and OEM parts and ensure they purchase from a reputable manufacturer that offers high-quality products.

What is the best Choice Between OEM and Aftermarket Parts?

There are a few factors to consider when choosing between OEM and aftermarket parts. The first is cost. OEM parts are often more expensive than aftermarket parts, but they also have the added assurance of quality and warranty protection. On the other hand, Aftermarket parts are generally less expensive, but it can be more difficult to determine the quality of the part. 

If you are looking for a high-quality part covered under warranty, OEM parts may be the best choice. However, if you are on a low budget or need a more versatile part, aftermarket parts may be how you want to go. Ultimately, the most important thing is to research and choose a part that will fit and function as intended.

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