OEM vs. Aftermarket: Which Parts are Best for You?

Posted at Mon, Feb 27, 2023 4:00 PM

When it comes to repairing or replacing parts in your vehicle, you may be wondering whether to choose Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or third-party manufacturer parts. OEM parts are designed and produced by the automaker, while third-party manufacturer parts are made by companies that specialize in producing replacement parts. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between OEM and third-party manufacturer parts, and help you decide which is the best option for your vehicle.

  1. Quality: OEM parts are specifically designed for your vehicle's make and model, and are made to the same specifications as the original parts that came with your car. This means that they are of high quality and have undergone rigorous testing to ensure they meet the automaker's standards. Third-party manufacturer parts may not always meet the same level of quality and may not fit your vehicle as perfectly as OEM parts.

  2. Price: OEM parts are often more expensive than third-party manufacturer parts, as they come directly from the automaker. However, the higher price tag can be justified by the quality and assurance that you are getting a part that is specifically designed for your vehicle. Third-party manufacturer parts may be more affordable, but they may not last as long as OEM parts and may need to be replaced more frequently, ultimately costing you more in the long run.

  3. Warranty: When you purchase OEM parts, you often get a warranty from the automaker. This means that if something goes wrong with the part, you can get it fixed or replaced at no cost to you. With third-party manufacturer parts, warranties vary from company to company, and may not always be as comprehensive as OEM warranties.

  4. Availability: OEM parts are readily available from dealerships and authorized retailers, which can be beneficial if you need a part quickly or if you live in a remote area. Third-party manufacturer parts may not always be as easy to find, and may require more research and effort to locate.

  5. Resale Value: If you plan on selling your vehicle in the future, having OEM parts can increase its resale value. Prospective buyers may be willing to pay more for a vehicle with OEM parts, as they know they are getting high-quality parts that were specifically designed for the vehicle. Third-party manufacturer parts may not have the same effect on resale value.

Conclusion: Ultimately, the choice between OEM and third-party manufacturer parts depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you prioritize quality and assurance, OEM parts may be the best option for you. If you are on a tight budget or have a rare vehicle, third-party manufacturer parts may be a better fit. Regardless of your choice, it's important to work with a trusted and experienced automotive service provider who can help you make the right decision and provide you with high-quality parts that meet your needs. At Diehl Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service and parts for their vehicles.