OEM Car Parts

Deciding Between Aftermarket, OEM, and Genuine Car Parts

Aftermarket, OEM, or genuine car parts... you're confused about what to choose. If that's you, read the following.

Cheaper car parts doesn't always mean inferior.

Such is the case with aftermarket and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) car parts. While they are often up to 70% cheaper than genuine parts, they can be far superior in quality.

Like many car owners and car parts buyers out there, I must say that I once thought that the genuine parts sold by my local automotive dealer were better. Well surprisingly, this is far removed from the truth.

Do you think that car makers make their own parts?

They certainly don't. They would probably like you to think so but this isn't the case.

OEM parts are made by the same manufacturer as the genuine part you would receive from your local dealer. In other words, it's really the same part. The only difference is the logo on the box.

Here's what happens. Car makers use outside independent companies to help them design their parts. But after a certain time frame the actual manufacturers of these parts are allowed to sell them to other wholesale distributors for resale. This time they come with the manufacturer's logo and not that of the car maker. So essentially, the identical part is now referred to as an OEM part.

How about aftermarket car parts? Are they inferior to genuine parts?

Although aftermarket car parts are not made by the original manufacturer, they perform as well as the original. In many cases, the companies find a way of improving these parts so that the customer gets a part that is of superior quality.

There is no need for concern. Aftermarket car parts are produced with the same machinery and materials as OEM and genuine parts. While the parts may have a few minor differences in look and feel, they basically do the same job. The companies who manufacture these aftermarket auto parts are credible. They legitimately buy the rights to manufacture those parts.

You can order aftermarket and OEM car parts online today. It's easy. It's a great way to save money. Furthermore, you can have peace of mind, knowing that you're not compromising quality.

by: Mantius Cazaubon

Article source: www.articlecity.com

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"As a supplier to the OE and after market, we couldn't disagree more strongly with the comments made about after market parts; we work hand in hand with the vehicle manufacturer to establish exactly what they require and have a detailed sign-off with the customer to ensure longevity and safety of the parts we supply. Suppliers of "copied" after market parts who do not have these close links couldn't possibly second guess what would "improve" the product and performance."


"In a sense this article is true. Car makers do not make cars. Yes, they design them and assemble them, but the parts are mostly designed for them by specialist companies. These specialist companies offer the same parts directly to the aftermarket through various distribution channels. As stated in the article this is done under the brand of the manufacturing company not the car assembler. Be aware a vehicle dealership will have very little knowledge about these component companies as they have no dealings with them. When having your car serviced ask the garage what standard of parts he fits and ask for brand names or even quality statements from the manufacturer. With so many cheap copy parts available fresh in from china etc it is a bit of a minefield but you should take into account that a part that cost less of inferior quality may damage other components and not last as long. Consider the cost of the parts in comparison to the cost of the full job i.e. labour to fit the parts..... Have a look at http://www.ukpa.net/ for your nearest original equipment aftermarket parts supplier who works closely with garages in your area. They will also be able to point you towards a reputable garage who is a specialist in your problem area (etc-gearbox) or vehicle."