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 replacement parts 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, Toyota Genuine Parts are considered OEM parts for any Toyota 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.
The biggest difference between aftermarket parts and OEM parts is choice. For example, an OEM part is only ever made by one specific manufacturer. On the other hand, there’s a wide selection of aftermarket parts to choose from for any one vehicle model, and they can be bought from a variety of different places including mechanics, body shops, retail stores, etc.
If you are looking into aftermarket parts, be sure to ask your mechanic or a Trained Technician about whether or not the part you’re looking at will affect your warranty or lease. In some cases, using aftermarket parts or a part that isn’t directly interchangeable with the OEM part may void your warranty or be a violation of your lease agreement.
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