OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

There are many things in life which you choose between name brand and generic-groceries, clothes, prescriptions, and others. But when it comes to your car, settling for a generic imitation is a dangerous choice, regardless of how much money you save. To ensure you choose only the best for your car, here are five reasons why you should only install original manufacturer (OEM) parts instead of generic aftermarket parts.

  • Specialized: If you trust the automaker that created your vehicle, why wouldn’t you trust the same company to make the best parts for your car? Instead of relying on a third party to guess what’s suited to your vehicle, choose the parts that typically come straight from the same factory as your car’s original parts.
  • Value: Cheaper aftermarket parts may save you money initially, but they also break more quickly and can harm your vehicle. OEM parts last longer and will actually save you money in the long run.
  • Warranty: Because OEM parts are created for your car, they are backed by the manufacturer and often come with a warranty guaranteeing that they function properly and won’t let you down.
  • Expertise: OEM parts that are installed by certified brand technicians at a dealership service center are more likely to be properly installed. These specialists are knowledgeable about your vehicle’s make/model and are trained on proper technique.
  • Quality: OEM parts reflect top-of-the-line engineering made to prolong the value and life of your vehicle, unlike aftermarket parts that settle for the cheapest or most widely-compatible designs.

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