When you need a replacement part, you have two main options: OEM parts and aftermarket parts. While both OEM and aftermarket parts are both considered good options, they offer certain pros and cons for buyers. Which type of part will consumers buy from repair shops and auto body shops? We outline the differences between OEM parts and aftermarket parts.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts are produced by the company that manufactures the vehicle. These parts are specifically designed for your vehicle by its original manufacturer.
Benefits of OEM Parts
Compared to aftermarket parts, there can certain benefits to buying OEM parts. Here are some of the advantages of choosing OEM over aftermarket parts:
Aftermarket parts (generic parts) are made by a company other than a vehicle’s original manufacturer. These parts are new parts made by a third-party manufacturer. Because aftermarket parts are more generic, they might not be a perfect fit like OEM parts do.
Benefits of Aftermarket Parts
Aftermarket parts can offer some advantages that OEM parts do not. Here are some of the benefits of choosing aftermarket parts:
When it comes to finding replacement parts, the type of parts offered can vary by type of auto body or repair shop for a replacement shop. Learn which shops carry OEM parts, aftermarket parts, or both.
Whether it’s an alternator, engine, or transmission, it is ultimately the buyer’s choice to choose between OEM and aftermarket parts. For buyers, there are advantages and disadvantages for each part type. The decision will likely be based on the cost and quality of a replacement part.
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