OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

November 15th, 2018 by

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Between the many different brands and prices, shopping for car replacement parts can really be a headache. Many customers struggle to decide between OEM vs. aftermarket parts, and it’s not hard to see why. Both types have their pros and cons, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by options. At Jeffrey Acura, we strongly recommend OEM parts when possible. Let’s see why OEM parts have the clear edge over the competition.

What are Aftermarket Parts?

So, what are aftermarket parts? These are any components made by a third party that is not your car’s original manufacturer. If you buy a headlight for your TLX that is not made by Acura, you’re dealing with an aftermarket part. Many people enjoy the convenience of aftermarket options. There are tons of options to explore, so you can often find cheaper prices and more variety. However, buying aftermarket parts is a risk. You might get fine results, but you might get a total lemon. If the part doesn’t work out, you’re out of luck – and out of money. And some replacement parts may even void your car warranty!

What are OEM Parts?

Now you know about aftermarket options, but what are OEM parts? These are original equipment manufacturer components. If you buy a tail light for your ILX that is made by Acura, that’s an OEM part. While some OEM parts are a little pricier than their aftermarket counterparts, you get the peace of mind that comes with a higher quality product. OEM parts have greater consistency from product to product, so you can feel confident in the quality you’re receiving. If there’s a problem, most parts include a one-year warranty as a safety net. Finally, ordering parts is simple. There’s usually just one type of replacement available, so no need to weigh the pros and cons of dozens of competitors. You can rest assured knowing that your replacement part will fit and operate just as well as the original component.

Find Out More with Jeffrey Acura

Are you ready to schedule your service? Get your car back in top condition at Jeffrey Acura – serving Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores, and Sterling Heights. Feel free to contact us for more information, or learn all about Acura’s extended warranty plans.

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