What’s the Difference Between Aftermarket & OEM Parts?
Whenever you get your vehicle repaired, you have the option of replacing the broken or worn out parts with either OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or aftermarket parts. Learn more about the difference between the two and if OEM parts are right for you.
What Are OEM Parts?
OEM parts are made by the same company that made the original part for your car. This means the part should perform identically to the one it is replacing.
What Are Aftermarket Parts?
Aftermarket parts are made by companies other than the original manufacturer. These parts are designed to work just like the OEM part; however, their quality can vary greatly.
Which Should I Choose?
Though they may be more expensive, OEM parts are a great option for your vehicle because you know they are built to fit and work exactly as they’re supposed to. Many of these parts are also backed by at least a one-year warranty. You don’t have to assess the quality of the brand, which can make getting your car repaired simpler. They also provide more peace of mind since you know it is backed by a warranty.
What Is The Cost Difference?
Aftermarket parts may cost less, but it can be hard to judge their true quality. Be especially wary if the price seems too good to be true. These parts often will not come with a warranty, so if it breaks or fails shortly after the repair, you will just have to pay to have it done again.
Here at South County Nissan in Gilroy, CA, we will always use OEM parts when we do repairs on your Nissan. And, if you ever need to purchase OEM parts, our knowledgeable parts department will help you find the part you need.