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OEM parts - that is, parts from the Original Equipment Manufacturer - are identical to those used to assemble your car originally, and come to us straight from the Subaru factory. That's why authorized Subaru dealership parts departments stock OEM parts for use on your vehicle! This ensures maximum quality and compatibility for a flawless repair. Aftermarket parts, by contrast, are built by third parties, and might be made for use on multiple makes and models. That means quality can vary. While some aftermarket parts perform comparably to their OEM equivalents, that's not always the case. Poorly-made OEM parts can wear out quickly, affect your vehicle's performance or even lead to damage.

For that reason, we always recommend the use of OEM parts to repair and maintain your Subaru. However, aftermarket parts can be used in some cases. For best results, trust the recommendation of an authorized Subaru service department technician. They'll let you know which aftermarket parts will work with your vehicle, and which ones to avoid. Best of all, their work is always covered by your warranty if your Subaru is still under the factory warranty terms.

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How an OEM Parts Warranty Protects You

Most aftermarket parts are sold as-is. They won't be covered by a warranty if installed by a neighborhood garage or quick-lube chain. By contrast, Subaru OEM parts come with a one-year warranty, to protect you from manufacturer defect. If anything goes wrong with your OEM part installed at a Subaru dealership service center, you'll be able to bring it back for a replacement - at absolutely no cost to you! That's a level of peace of mind you just don't get from aftermarket parts installed at other service chains.

Beyond that, you're responsible only for regular vehicle maintenance - oil changes, brake pad replacement, tire rotations and other important procedures. You can also negotiate included maintenance into your lease. That means you won't have to pay anything out-of-pocket when it comes time for preventative maintenance. Just consult your owner's manual, and visit us when your vehicle reaches a maintenance milestone. Your authorized Subaru dealership will take care of the rest!

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