OEM vs Aftermarket Parts

OEM vs Aftermarket Parts

OEM vs Aftermarket Parts is a subject that comes up a lot in the shop, so we figured we’d address it here and simply refer people to this article going forward. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and aftermarket parts are two different types of car parts that are used to repair or upgrade a vehicle.

OEM vs Aftermarket Parts: OEM

OEM or “OE” parts are manufactured by the same company that made the original parts for the vehicle. These parts are designed to meet the specifications and standards of the vehicle manufacturer. They are also typically the same parts used when the vehicle was originally built. OEM parts are generally more expensive than aftermarket parts, but they offer the advantage of being a perfect fit and exact match for your vehicle, which can save time.

Aftermarket Parts

On the other hand, aftermarket parts are made by independent companies and are designed to fit a wider range of vehicles. These parts are often less expensive than OEM parts, but the quality and durability can vary greatly. Some aftermarket parts are made to meet or exceed the standards of OEM parts (OE Spec), while others may not be up to par in terms of quality, fitment, or performance.

In general, if you’re looking to maintain the original manufacturer’s warranty on your vehicle, it’s best to use OEM parts. However, if cost is a concern and/or you’re comfortable with potentially sacrificing some quality (though this isn’t always the case), aftermarket parts may be a good choice.

It’s always best to consult with a qualified mechanic or auto parts professional to determine the best choice for your specific needs and budget.

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