There is a lot of hype regarding aftermarket parts and how they stack up against original equipment parts. While specialty shops and dealerships generally use original equipment parts, many general mechanics prefer aftermarket parts. But is one better than the other? Does saving money mean sacrificing quality? Here are a few things you should know.
Any part made by someone other than the vehicle’s manufacturer is considered and aftermarket part.
Pros – You can save money since these tend to be less expensive than original equipment parts. They are also easy to access at most independent shops, so your vehicle can be fixed without the delay of waiting on an ordered part. In addition, since several options generally exist, you get to pick and choose one that works for you. For example, an aftermarket brake pad might stop the car more quickly and smoothly but make noise. You get to decide if sacrificing silence for more efficient braking seems worth it. Either way, you have more control over cost and performance.
Cons – With so many options available, it can feel overwhelming. If you trust your mechanic, this hassle might not be an issue, however. Also, some aftermarket parts lack a sufficient warranty, leaving you to decide if the risk justifies the cost savings. This can be a deal-breaker for many drivers who need a warranty for peace of mind.
Original Equipment Parts
The manufacturer makes original equipment parts, meaning they match the ones with which your vehicle was built.
Pros – Since only one option exists, you can’t comparison shop. This lack of choice feels easier for many drivers, as they don’t have to spend time reading labels or weighing different choices. These parts also attract buyers looking for a solid warranty, since a one-year parts and labor warranty is usually part of the package.
Cons – On average, original equipment parts can cost up to 60% more than aftermarket ones. Also, they may require special orders, which can increase repair time.
Are There Situations in Which Original Equipment Parts Make the Most Sense?
If you’ve had a collision and extensive body repair work is needed, most technicians will recommend original equipment parts, since they fit more seamlessly in the car. Also, some warranties (especially if you lease a vehicle) require their use over aftermarket parts.
Remember, before making any decisions, having professionals examine your vehicle and recommend the best course of action can save you time, money, and unnecessary headaches.
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