When something goes wrong with your car, a visit to the garage can be an expensive undertaking. Car parts are expensive and if there are several things that need to be replaced to get your car back on the road, the cost can seem almost as high as when you purchased your car. In an effort to keep costs down, some repair locations will use aftermarket parts rather than original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Before attempting to save money using aftermarket parts, there are some facts you need to know.
What are Aftermarket Parts?
Aftermarket parts are not built by the same manufacturer that provided the part in your car originally. Car manufacturers contract with specific companies to provide them with parts in your car or they build them in their own factories. These parts are often chosen because they provide the best fit as well as the quality the car manufacturer wants to provide in their vehicles.
Aftermarket parts are often less expensive than OEM parts, which is why some repair companies choose to use them.
Benefits of Aftermarket Parts
Aftermarket parts do have some benefits. Of course, the most obvious advantage is that they are less expensive than OEM parts. In some cases, they may be significantly cheaper. There are also more versions of aftermarket parts than OEM parts as the original part must come from the original manufacturer.
If your vehicle is older, it may be difficult to find the OEM part you need, which means you will have to rely on aftermarket parts.
Benefits of OEM Parts
One of the biggest benefits of OEM parts is quality. When you have a wide selection to choose from, quality can suffer. Aftermarket parts are often of lower quality and there can be issues with fit as well as finish that can cause additional problems in the future, leading you to spend more rather than less over time. Almost every OEM part comes with a warranty which is usually one year. Aftermarket parts often do not have a warranty at all.
When it comes to replacing parts in your vehicle, OEM parts are usually the best option. At Elmer’s Auto Body, we try to use OEM parts whenever possible when we repair your vehicle. If you are having problems with your car, schedule an appointment today by filling out the easy form online or giving us a call.