What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket car parts?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & tricks on Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 2:48 pm
OEM vs aftermarket car parts

OEM vs aftermarket car parts

Whether your vehicle is in need of routine car maintenance or invasive repairs, there will come a time when you have to replace one of your car’s parts. Drivers are often faced with the dilemma between OEM vs aftermarket car parts – but what are the differences between the two? Which is more beneficial or cost effective? Which provides better quality? We’re going to answer all of those questions today.

Is it better to buy OEM or aftermarket car parts?

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts were made by the vehicle brand’s manufacturer. Often referred to as “original” parts, these were made to fit a specific vehicle as perfectly as when it left the assembly line.

Aftermarket parts are those that are made by a company different from a vehicle brand’s manufacturer. They are designed to work across a variety of makes and models.

OEM VS Aftermarket
Lower initial cost
Quality assurance

When choosing between genuine OEM parts and aftermarket parts, drivers often take a look at these five main categories: fit, variety, warranty, cost and quality. Aftermarket parts, usually only available at independent mechanic shops, often cost less initially. They can be comparable in quality in many cases, but as they are not made for a specific make or model they may not fit a specific vehicle perfectly. Available with a wider selection, drivers have more variety to choose from, which can also make it difficult to identify the ideal part for their cars.

What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket car parts?
Is it better to buy OEM or aftermarket car parts?

On the other side of the coin, genuine OEM parts often cost more upfront, but they are designed specifically for your vehicle. They come backed by a warranty, which provides peace of mind for drivers long term. Drivers also never have to guess or take risks with quality when the opt for OEM parts. If drivers are comfortable with higher initial costs, OEM parts provide long-lasting quality over time.

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To fit your vehicle with genuine OEM parts, schedule a car maintenance appointment with our team at Regency Chrysler today. Drivers can also order parts online. Contact us with additional questions online, by phone or at the dealership.