The choice between OEM and aftermarket auto parts can get confusing. Nancy explains the pros and cons to help make your part decision easier!
OEM part or aftermarket part? Debatable. Do you know the difference and does it matter?
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
Now, we’ve been repairing vehicles for almost 40 years and we have found aftermarket parts usually meet the need for the repair.
There are times when we recommend only using an OEM or original equipment manufacturer part, as that part has been designed specifically for that make and model. In some cases, OEM parts may be the only option, as aftermarket parts may not be available.
There are pros and cons for each part.
Pros for aftermarket parts are, they’re usually cheaper. They may have the same warranty or even better, and many times more available for that part.
When looking up a part for repair, we may find a multitude of options with aftermarket parts. Some aftermarket parts claim to be better than OEM parts, as they have worked out the issues the OEM part experienced.
Cons for aftermarket parts include, the fit may not be optimal, especially when we place in catalytic converters. And also, they may not be made of the same material, which can cause failure quicker, having to do that repair all over again.
Aftermarket catalytic converters may not meet the specifications needed to pass New Jersey state inspections when it’s time for your vehicle to be inspected. And you can check out my video on OEM versus aftermarket catalytic converter.
The warranty for aftermarket parts, as I said, can be the same or possibly even better, as we offer a two-year or 24,000 miles parts and labor warranty on our repairs, with some exclusions.
I personally used OEM part for the brakes in my vehicle, as I wanted to maintain the integrity of the vehicle, only to find there was no difference in the stopping ability. And I later had to replace them. I decided to use aftermarket parts, which turned out to be significantly cheaper and faster delivery for the parts.
My husband was shocked at the savings of using the aftermarket parts and getting the same results. Now, have you chosen to use OEM only to discover the aftermarket worked well on the repair?
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