Differences Between OEM and Aftermarket Parts

Automotive care and repairs can a pain. It's inconvenient, stressful, and more importantly, expensive. Often, you'll have to make a series of decisions about the repairs your vehicle needs, including what kind of replacement parts to use. This may seem like a fairly mundane decision, but in point of fact, it's an incredibly important one. There are several things to consider when choosing between OEM and aftermarket replacement parts, and each has their own set of pros and cons. Let's talk about their differences.

Choosing the Right Replacement Part is Incredibly Important

4. Selection

If you were to go to an independent auto parts store, you would instantly be overrun with aisles of shelves full of different options for whatever part you need to replace. This can be a good and bad thing, but for many people, it's a bit of an overwhelming experience. There are lots of things to consider in this situation -- different brands, different specifications and modifications to each part, etc -- and if you're not absolutely sure of what you need or are looking for, there may be some doubt in your mind regarding whichever purchase you make. Alternatively, if you get your part from an authorized OEM parts center, like the one at Shingle Springs Subaru, there aren't a bunch of different brands to choose from, and our team members will help you determine exactly what you need for your vehicle. You may not have as many options, but you can have total confidence in the quality of the part you buy. Speaking of quality...

OEM Parts Have Better Overall Quality

3. Quality

Genuine OEM parts are guaranteed, and they're specifically made to work with your vehicle. Aftermarket parts can vary widely in quality. That's not to say that all aftermarket equipment is faulty or cheap, but a lot of those parts are universal or designed for general use, not to meet the specific needs of your vehicle. When you buy OEM parts, you can be sure that they'll be an exact match for your ride and that they'll always be working to the best of their ability. You just don't get that kind of assurance from most aftermarket parts. What you do sometimes get with aftermarket parts is an overall cheaper cost… or do you?

Aftermarket Parts Can Break Down Faster

2. Cost

Yes, it is true that aftermarket and third-party replacement parts carry a lower price tag than genuine OEM parts. But, that's only because those parts manufacturers aren't held to the same standard of production that OEM parts are. Like discussed earlier, aftermarket parts aren't always made specifically for your vehicle, so over time, they're more likely to break or fail sooner. While OEM parts may sometimes appear to have a higher up-front cost, they can save you money in the long run thanks to their longevity and effectiveness.

1. Warranty

Finally, OEM parts will not void your vehicle's warranty. To be fair, not every aftermarket part will either, but there's always a possibility that work done by independent shops with third-party parts will void any warranty your vehicle had previously. And that's just not a risk that we think you should take. Also, aftermarket parts may not come with a warranty for the part itself, and OEM parts do.