Something breaks on your car and you need to replace it. How will you know which of the many options is the best value? You might hear three different categories for replacement car parts: Genuine, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Aftermarket. Genuine parts are very pricey, with no real reason other than a car company’s logo on the package. Aftermarket parts leave too much room for malfunction. In the end, OEM parts are the best route a car owner can take.
When a car manufacturer builds a car, it sources outside companies to build the car parts for it, rather than building each part themselves. When you purchase an OEM part, it comes from that same assembly line from which the car manufacturer got the original part. An OEM part is guaranteed to be exactly the same part as the original from your vehicle when it was brand new, minus the presence of the brand logo.
This means that there are several advantages to buying OEM. For one, you will have the peace of mind that your replacement part will work well. You’ll know that it will fit exactly as it should and that it’s made with the same quality design that your car manufacturer trusted. Because of this, your OEM part will last longer, and you won’t have to replace it as frequently. So, while OEM parts cost a little more up front, the price is worth it in the long run because you get what you pay for.
The same cliche rings true for Aftermarket parts which are less expensive but also lacking in quality. These parts come from a different company than the car maker. There are a plethora of Aftermarket brands to choose from, which makes it confusing and can cause you to waste time trying out figure out which, if any, is good quality. Avoid this hassle and invest in OEM parts. It will save you and your car any trouble down the road.