5 Reasons to Purchase Genuine Replacement Car Parts Over Aftermarket Ones

5 Reasons to Purchase Genuine Replacement Car Parts Over Aftermarket Ones
December 01 11:14 2016 Print This Article

Genuine, factory or OEM car parts are names and terms used to describe those designed, made and distributed by the same company which mad the car they are intended to be used for. In contrast, non-OEM or aftermarket parts are so-called because they describe and give name to car parts made by anybody else and any other company or manufacturer.

Non-OEM parts are big business because they are often cheaper to buy. But when buying according to cost a person is not then buying according to quality, which when fitting a part into something as potentially dangerous as a car can cause big problems.

Hence, to try and swerve as many car owners as possible to reconsider their priorities and think with their brains rather than their wallets when getting their car fixed up, here are just 5 reasons to purchase genuine replacement car parts over aftermarket ones.Image result for 5 Reasons to Purchase Genuine Replacement Car Parts Over Aftermarket Ones

  • Quality

Quality matters when buying anything, but it matters doubly when buying parts for use in something such as a car. Suffice to say, poor quality car parts can cause deaths and not just to those who drive cars featuring them; there is a real risk to the wider public when somebody gets in and drives car that features a part of insufficient quality.

That is not to say all aftermarket car parts are made to a lesser standard of quality than OEM parts; they aren’t. The problem is rather in assessing and determining the quality of non-OEM car parts. Whilst OEM parts have been designed, made and released onto the market by the companies which have made the very cars they are intended for and are as such major names and known makers of quality products, aftermarket car part makers could be anyone. Further, there are so many companies and distributors of aftermarket parts and they are sold to and via so many different places that unless a part is of such a low quality that it is instantly noticeable to the naked eye or the technician fitting it, there is real danger that they will go undetected.

The ongoing and unresolved issue of quality and reliability is something reiterated and discussed in more detail via and there article: Why Buy Genuine Honda Parts. Being car part experts, suppliers and sellers here in the UK, you might want to give their advice a read ahead of opting for those non-OEM brake pads rather than making the potential error of basing your decision purely on price.

  • Safety

Are non-OEM car parts safe? As touched upon in the above point, that is the big question when it comes to deciding whether to buy OEM or aftermarket parts – and as highlighted in the Bank Rate article: Are Aftermarket parts dangerous?, they could be dangerous.

The problem is that there is no definitive answer; whilst OEM parts can be traced directly back to their origins and as such their makers can easily and are swiftly held accountable when their parts are found to be unsafe this means than car manufacturers are doubly sure to do all within their power to ensure their parts and cars are as safe as possible – not just to ensure your safety, but to prevent their reputation and business with it going down the drain.

In the meantime aftermarket car part makers don’t have this worry, or the same pressure; without being a big name or having a reputation to uphold the risk is that aftermarket manufacturers needn’t go to the same lengths to ensure what they create and sell is as safe as an OEM part, or safe at all.

Further, how exactly can aftermarket be tested as safe? This is the major issue with using non-OEM parts as they can’t be. Not in every case. The responsibility when buying or trusting aftermarket parts falls far more heavily on a buyer’s shoulders as there are so many sellers and it is ultimately their choice as to which to trust. This can prove a gamble and often and sometimes dangerously comes down to finding the cheapest part rather than the safest. Meanwhile, opting for even the most expensive non-OEM part does not for this reason guarantee the part is any better quality than the cheapest. The opposite in fact could be true.

  • Warranty

Whether your car is still under warranty when you replace a part is of little consequence; the fact that you are removing the original part means that you will need to ensure the part it is being replaced with has a separate warranty. This is true every time and with every individual part you replace within a vehicle.

The problem with aftermarket parts is that they are often sold without a warranty or with a warranty that is far shorter lasting than that provided when buying OEM parts. This enables aftermarket car part manufacturers to sell parts often at a lower price and is then also one reason why OEM parts cost more; you are paying for reassurance.

Further, there is an argument that the length of warranty or complete lack of one offered with many aftermarket parts also suggests poor quality. The thinking, after all, is that if a part is a quality part and a manufacturer is confident it will last, there is no reason not to offer a warranty.

Hence, if it is reassurance of both quality and as well that you will be able to replace the part should anything go wrong that you want (and who doesn’t?), there really is no substitute for the real thing.

  • Aesthetics

One area in which opting the use of aftermarket parts over OEM ones is often glaringly obvious is when it comes to the aesthetics of your vehicle. Hence, this is one area in which, even if you swear by non OEM parts, you should definitely reconsider that stance.

As emphasised via the Humble Mechanic website, one of the major pros of using OEM parts is that they were designed and made specifically for your car and by those who made you car. Hence, they are going to provide a superior fit and finish.

Meanwhile, and as also stated by the Humble Mechanic, non-OEM parts: ‘The odds of an aftermarket part fitting and functioning just like a factory part is VERY slim’. Therefore, if you want your car to not only perform its best, but also look it, you know what to do – and where to buy your parts from.

  • Resale Value

We all know that cars are assets which most often depreciate in value. That is, unless your car is a high spec Ferrari or collectable and is instead a daily run about or something bought (even brand new and at a price that made your eyes water upon purchase) to drive daily, its value is likely to drop year on year and more so with every new model to hit the showroom. This is something we all accept. We have to.

The problem is that when reselling a car, whether you have opted to have any necessary repairs and replacements made with OEM or aftermarket parts could further and negatively impact on the value of your vehicle, despite its condition and the fact that you have sought to repair it, and replace any problem parts.

Then, in newer vehicles and those bought straight from the showroom which as such feature only OEM parts and have had no previous owners, it is worth at least considering sticking to using OEM car parts unless you are 100{04c774513060b5d92c0554ac7e8f0408dfca0aa4bf909e630a3bfeae32db7c11} sure that by the time you are ready to sell the car it will be worth so little that the origin of its parts will be a negligible detail and as such unlikely to lower its value any further.

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