If you have ever had to take your vehicle into an auto body shop for new parts after a collision, chances are, you were offered two options – OEM parts or aftermarket parts. OEM parts are more expensive but are they actually any better? What is the difference between OEM and aftermarket?
Simply put, OEM parts are parts that were made by the automaker. They are essentially the same as the parts that your car had if you bought it new off the lot. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand were made by a different manufacturer. They may be of good quality, but they may not. The problem with aftermarket parts is that you don’t truly know.
Some people say they want to purchase aftermarket parts because they cost less (at least at first). After all, getting into an accident in the first place can be costly and stressful, so anything you can do to lower the cost is a good thing right? Well, not necessarily.
Even though aftermarket parts are cheaper initially, they may end up costing you more in the long run. For this reason, we always recommend that our customers go with OEM parts.
In addition to the fact that you know where OEM parts are coming from, we have three more good reasons to choose them over aftermarket parts.
Is paying a little extra money for OEM parts worth it if it means that you and your loved ones will fare better in the event of another accident? We think so! OEM parts must pass strict safety criteria. They are the only parts that are rated in crash tests which means you know exactly how well they are likely to hold up in an accident.
As we mentioned before, OEM parts are manufactured by the automaker. Their performance is a reflection of that automaker’s brand, so they pay close attention to detail and make sure they put out quality parts.
While aftermarket parts may work fine when they are first installed, if the quality is poor they are not going to last as long. This means you’ll have to replace them sooner – or worse, they could negatively affect other parts of your vehicle. This will cost you more money over the lifetime of your vehicle.
- Resale value
One factor that many car owners don’t consider is how the parts they choose (OEM or aftermarket) will affect the resale value of their car. If the vehicle has poorly quality aftermarket parts, that will ultimately lower the price that they car owner will eventually be able to sell it for.
Ultimately, whether you decide to go with OEM or aftermarket parts is your choice and for some people, they may have to make that choice based on budget alone. At Waterdown Collision, however, we believe that the additional safety, performance and resale value that comes with choosing OEM parts is worth the higher price tag.