WHAT ARE AFTERMARKET CAR PARTS?
The majority of vehicle owners, for one reason or another, have had to get a part replaced in their car. For those that have never faced this issue, it likely will come up at some point in the future. When you need a buy a new part for your car, you have a choice: get an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) part directly from a dealership or buy an aftermarket part from another source. Since this is a dilemma that most car owners will face at some point, it’s important to understand the difference so you can make the best decision for your vehicle.
Aftermarket parts (also known as generic parts or non-OEM parts) are made by a manufacturer other than your vehicle’s original manufacturer. These parts are designed to perform the same function as the original part and can be used as replacements for the car’s original parts when doing repairs.
On the other hand, an OEM part is any part that was made by the same manufacturer that built your vehicle and are generally the same parts that were originally put into your car. For example, Honda Genuine Parts are considered OEM parts for any Honda vehicle. Since OEM parts are made by car manufacturers, these parts are held to the same quality assurance standards that are placed on the parts in brand new vehicles.
OEM parts can typically only be bought from a dealership. Most dealers often have an entire parts department with Factory-Trained staff that know both OEM and aftermarket parts, as well as the brand’s vehicle models, meaning that they can provide customers with advice and guidance to help them choose the right parts for their car.
Aftermarket Parts vs OEM Parts
The biggest difference between aftermarket parts and OEM parts is choice. Generally, there’s a wide selection of aftermarket parts to choose from for any one vehicle model, whereas an OEM part is only ever made by one specific manufacturer.
While aftermarket parts will most likely be less expensive than OEM parts, buying an aftermarket part also comes with a level of uncertainty. The quality of aftermarket parts varies greatly, some are really well-made parts and others may do more harm to your vehicle than good. Since there’s a large selection to choose from and because aftermarket parts generally aren’t made for one specific make and model, we always recommend consulting a Trained Technician about which part will best fit your vehicle. By asking a Technician to help you pick out a part, you’re ensuring that the part you bought will fit correctly and be compatible with your car.
On the contrary, OEM parts will probably cost you more than an aftermarket part would, but they also will likely come with a warranty provided by the manufacturer. The OEM part is made specifically for your vehicle, so it’s guaranteed to be compatible and fit correctly. Buying an OEM part doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a better part though, as some aftermarket parts do work just as well as the original parts. This is why we suggest discussing, with your mechanic or technician, which parts would be best for you based on your specific circumstances.
Drive Autogroup can provide you with OEM parts from a wide selection of brand names and the thousands of parts we currently have in stock or are able to order across our dealerships in Pickering, Ajax, Scarborough, Whitby, and Markham. The manufacturers we carry include Toyota, Infiniti, Nissan, Acura, Honda, and Hyundai! We also sell wholesale parts in bulk to collision centres, body shops, retail stores, and more. For more information, stop by one of our dealerships, give our Parts Wholesale Department a call, or fill out the form here!