A Brief History of Parts

Choosing Parts Related to Automotive Every time you take your automobile for repair or maintenance to a car dealership’s service department, you know you will be getting original equipment manufacturer (OEM) car parts. But if you choose to bring your car to an independent shop instead, they are more than likely going to use aftermarket car parts. What differentiates the two car parts? Is less expensive equal to poor quality and vice versa? In what cases should you not compromise using only OEM parts? The answers to these questions can be obtained from the list of advantage and disadvantage aftermarket parts may have over OEM parts. By doing so, you can find a balance between quality and cost. An aftermarket part refers to any car part that does not come from the car manufacturer. These car parts come from companies that can produce something like the original, or in some instances even better. These aftermarket parts find their way to many independent shops. If you will avail of the services of these shops, be smart and make sure you are entrusting your vehicle to a good mechanic who will use high-quality aftermarket parts.
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So why use aftermarket parts?
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Generally, aftermarket parts are more affordable than OEM parts with the saved cost varying between brands. It is smart to ask around to have an idea of how much a part typically costs and then shop around to get the best price. If the price tag is way below market price, be skeptical about its quality. A drawback for aftermarket parts is the absence of warranties. No warranty means the manufacturer is able to keep costs down. OEM parts, on the other hand, are those made by the car’s manufacturer. These are the same parts that can be found in your car when it rolled off the assembly line. What makes an OEM part advantageous? With an OEM part comes a better assurance of quality. The OEM part, being an exact copy of the part you are replacing, can take over its function without a hitch. There is peace of mind in knowing that the replacement part brings familiarity and performance to your vehicle. It also usually comes with a one-year warranty which includes the labor as well. The knock against OEM parts is that they are not widely available. Most of the time, the only way to buy OEM parts is to go to an authorized car dealership who is the sole distributor. It limits the number of options you can buy from. A request to your local mechanic to use only OEM parts will extend the time your car is in the shop since the parts have to be ordered.