ASK A MASTER MECHANIC: OEM VS. AFTERMARKET CAR PARTS

Kirill November 11 2022
Car Parts

To help you make a more informed decision, we talked to a Master Mechanic and compared the pros and cons of OEM and aftermarket parts.

Aftermarket Parts

Some readers might not know what an aftermarket part is, so let me explain: an aftermarket car part is a component that wasn't created by the company who made the vehicle.

Aftermarket parts are often people's first choice because they can usually be found quickly since many different manufacturers make interchangeable components.

Often, aftermarket car parts are cheaper than OEM without comprising quality; though this is not always the case. Also unlike OEM parts, there is little regulation or standardization of aftermarket parts. So if you're going to a garage other than Master Mechanic, it's vital that you ask for high-quality aftermarket parts; otherwise, you could end up doing more harm than good to your car.

Like with most things in life, you get what you pay for when it comes to car parts. The more expensive an aftermarket part is, usually means that the build or materials are better. With there being hundreds of manufacturers to choose from, be sure discuss your options with your mechanic friend before making a purchase.

While narrowing down your choices, remember to look into the warranty each manufacturer offers on their products. A quality aftermarket manufacturer will always offer a warranty, but not all of them do.

OEM Parts

Baffled by OEM parts? Here's a quick and easy explanation: these are the parts that were in your car when you purchased it, i.e. manufactured by your vehicle's manufacturer. With OEMs, there is no guesswork becauseVehicle manufacturers only use the highest quality materials that adhere to industry standards--ensuring durability and safety for customers..

When Should You Choose OEM Parts?

In the event you get into a car crash and it wasn't your fault, we recommend using OEM parts for repairs. This is because you are legally allowed to return your vehicle to its original condition. If the collision was not severe, check with your insurance company first. Some insurers prefer OEM parts so they can guarantee quality assurance, while others don't mind aftermarket items because they're cheaper.

Which is Best?

Although OEM parts are always made for quality, that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best option. If you're dedicated to doing your research—or if you have a reliable Master Mechanic in your corner—you shouldn't fret about the aftermarket parts available. Here at our shop, we will always explain your options and inform you of which part meets quality standards.

If you have questions about aftermarket car parts, or if you're looking for a quote, don't hesitate to reach out to your local Master Mechanic. We'll be happy to help!