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The Difference Between Aftermarket Parts and OEM Parts

Chances are you have heard of aftermarket and OEM parts yet you might not know what these terms really mean.  OEM is an acronym that is short for original equipment manufacturer.  Aftermarket parts are used parts.  Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the two in an effort to help you select the right type when receiving service at a car repair shop.

OEM Parts

OEM parts are those made by the automobile manufacturer.  Automotive experts agree OEM parts are optimal for vehicles.  Though some used parts will prove functional for years to come, there is a greater chance that OEM parts will stand the test of time, proving fully functional across posterity.  Specific OEM automotive repair procedures are now used when auto repair technicians work on vehicles that require highly nuanced repairs.  If the unique OEM repair procedures are not followed in a detailed manner, the vehicle could be compromised.  The only potential downsides to OEM parts is their comparably high price and the potentially lengthy wait necessary for the parts to be shipped to the repair shop in the event that they are not already in stock.

Aftermarket Parts

Contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of repair shops that rely on aftermarket parts.  As noted above, aftermarket parts are basically used parts.  Though aftermarket parts are often cheaper and can be added faster than OEM parts, some automotive technicians will cut corners when adding such parts in an attempt to complete the project and move on to the next one.  Furthermore, it is much more likely that an aftermarket part will falter as opposed to an OEM part.

In some cases, technicians rely on aftermarket parts as opposed to OEM parts as the wait time is shorter.  Furthermore, auto insurers prefer the cheapest possible repair, meaning they are partial to aftermarket parts.  However, aftermarket parts have the potential to cause significant damage to vehicles.  In fact, some aftermarket parts can even compromise vehicle safety features.  The bottom line is some safety systems damaged in accidents must be replaced with OEM parts as opposed to aftermarket parts.  If these highly unique systems are not repaired with OEM parts, their nuanced features might not work.  The failure of such parts greatly increases the chances of an accident.

Which is Better?

In certain situations, there is not a choice to be made between OEM and aftermarket parts.  As an example, if aftermarket parts are not yet available for newer vehicles, OEM is the only option.  If you are an automotive purist and want an exact replica of the original part used on your vehicle, you will be partial to OEM parts.  However, OEM support eventually ends when vehicles age or brands become obsolete.  However, if you need a part right away, waiting for an OEM part might not suit your schedule.  In the end, the answer to this question hinges on the unique circumstances of your specific automotive repair project.

Morgan Automotive Repair is at Your Service

If your vehicle needs any type of repair, lean on our team of auto experts for assistance.  We will repair your vehicle in a timely and thorough manner, helping you get back on the road as soon as possible.  Reach out to our auto repair shop today to find out more about our car repair services and schedule an appointment.  You can contact us by dialing (209) 836-4909 (Tracy location), (209) 825-9335 (Manteca location) or (209) 952-7901 (Stockton location).  You can also request an estimate online.

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