Genuine Parts & Accessories or Aftermarket?

14th Dec 2014 by Admin

The best summary I have seen in answer to this question is “Not all aftermarket (non-original) parts are necessarily substandard but how do you tell which is which.”

So what are the pros and cons of parts and accessories?

The motoring industry introduces the term OEM parts which are Original Equipment Manufacturer parts. These genuine parts and accessories are designed, engineered and guaranteed by the manufacturer to suit your particular vehicle, and to perform at a level equal to that which you expect from your pride and joy. Like all businesses because they are guaranteed by the manufactures they are design to both perform and last.

Fitting genuine parts to your vehicle at each service will ensure you are less likely to require any major repairs. In addition a full service history, by an authorised dealer fitting only genuine parts, will mean a higher retention value for your vehicle, allowing for ease of re-sale or a better trade-in price.

Also what is forgotten in this discussion is the original intention of the design. For example, when an automaker designs its brake pads, it has to strike a balance between cost, durability, noise levels and performance. However If you want to change that balance by seeking, say, better performance and don’t mind some extra brake noise (some brake pads squeak even though they are stopping the car effectively), an aftermarket pad maybe a choice.

When you take your car to the dealership’s service department, you know you’re getting Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts. However, if you take your car to an independent mechanic, you’ll most likely get aftermarket car parts.

Aftermarket parts are produced by a different company than the car maker. While these parts are made to serve the same purpose, the quality varies greatly and the saying "you get what you pay for" is very accurate in this market. These aftermarket parts vary greatly in both their quality and in their look and feel. To be fair it should also be said that the quality variation goes both ways and in some rare cases aftermarket parts, due to redesign, may actually be an improvement on the original but variation suggests that not all aftermarket products are created equal but OEM parts are.

In short

Aftermarket - are usually less expensive than OEM parts; how much you save varies by brand. If the price of a part seems too good to be true, ask questions about its quality.

OEM – it is easier to choose your part: If you go to the parts counter at a dealership and ask for any part, you’ll usually get one type. You don’t have to worry about assessing the quality of different brands and prices, and there is a greater assurance of quality.

If you would like to discuss any of your parts and accessories needs or require any further information you can contact Bellowrie’s Parts Department on 6656 8708 or on email at parts@bellbowriemotors.com.au .

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