At Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener, we believe in providing people with the best car parts and are dedicated to helping you find the parts you need. When it comes to choosing new car parts, you have two main options: aftermarket and OEM. Here, we break down the difference so you can make the best choice for your vehicle.

Aftermarket Car Parts

Aftermarket car parts are parts that are not from the vehicle’s original manufacturer. These are usually made by third-party companies, and typically function the same as the parts from the manufacturer. There are a few benefits to choosing aftermarket car parts:

• They can be less expensive than the manufacturer’s parts

This is generally true for all aftermarket car parts, but it also varies by brand. It’s important to shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal and the best quality parts. If the price seems low, make sure to ask questions about the quality of the part.

 They can be equal or even higher quality than OEM parts

Some companies make aftermarket parts for the very purpose of being better than the original. If they’ve identified some weaknesses in the original part, often they’ll work out these kinks and you’ll get a better product.

However, before you decide to buy aftermarket car parts, be aware that there are a few disadvantages:

The quality can vary

Because there are so many varieties, not every part will be the highest quality. If you’re unsure, ask your mechanic or another professional or stick to the brands you’re familiar with.

• The selection can be overwhelming

A huge selection can be a double-edged sword: lots of choice can also mean it’s hard to choose, and if you’re not familiar with car parts, this can be overwhelming.

• You may not be covered under a warranty

One of the ways that aftermarket manufacturers keep their costs down is by not providing a warranty. Check before you buy.

OEM Car Parts

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. If you take your car to the dealership for repairs, you’ll usually receive these kinds of parts, and they’re the same ones that came with your vehicle when it was first made.

It’s easier to choose your car part

Because there aren’t as many brands to choose from, you won’t have to worry about contrasting and comparing different brands and prices. However, this does mean you won’t be able to compare quality and price.

• OEM parts come with a warranty

Most parts that you buy through your car manufacturer will come with a one-year warranty, and getting your repairs done at a dealership may also include a warranty for the labour as well.

But buying your parts through the manufacturer comes with some disadvantages:

• They can be more expensive than aftermarket parts

On the whole, OEM parts cost more than aftermarket parts – even up to 60 percent more. And because you can’t shop around and compare parts, you’re stuck with paying one price.

• You have to buy them at the dealership

Choosing OEM parts means that you usually have to buy them and have them installed at a dealership, limiting where you can go. While you may be able to order them through a mechanic, this can take a long time to receive them.

• They’re not always higher quality

Even though the price of OEM parts is higher than aftermarket parts, this is not always an indication that they’re higher quality. Sometimes, you’re just paying more money for the brand name of the car manufacturer.

Have more questions about whether aftermarket parts or OEM parts are right for you? Contact Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener today!