OEM v. Aftermarket

OEM Factory Parts vs Aftermarket Parts


At some point in the life of your vehicle, you will likely need to replace some component or part. The process of finding an auto repair shop can be difficult enough but then the sonumer must also make the decision between using OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or aftermarket parts. Hopefully, after understanding the drawbacks and benefits of these aftermarket parts will help every car owner decide what is best for their vehicle.

What Are Aftermarket Parts?

Aftermarket parts are parts for cars and trucks that do not originate from the cars manufacturer. These aftermarket parts and components, are not necessarily better than OEM replacements, which means that consumers must deal with reputable repair shops.

The aftermarket components are used in about eight out of ten independently owned repair shops (independently meaning shops that do not have associations with the car manufacturer). Dealership body shops use the official car components of that vehicle brand for your specific model all the time.  In order to protect your warranty, it’s important  inquire any independent repair shop to verify that the aftermarket parts meet that standard; otherwise, your may end up losing your warrenty.

Cost of Aftermarket Parts Vs. OEM Parts

In most cases, aftermarket parts are somewhat less expensive than OEM replacements, although the amount saved is dependent on the brand of the part so there is no common rule about how much money a car owner is saving by using aftermarket components. Unfortunately, purchasing those lower-cost aftermarket parts may be of poor quality, meaning they will likely cost more in the long run.

Quality of Aftermarket Parts vs. OEM Parts

While the variety in aftermarket parts may be much larger than with OEM, the large number of companies producing aftermarket parts also means fewer controls on quality. As a consumer, you must be vigilant to ensure that the aftermarket parts you buy are not using inferior materials. In addition, the large selection can be confusing for many consumers. OEM parts are simpler to choose, as there is but one part that can be used.

Ultimately, whether you decide to go with OEM of Aftermarket parts it is important to find an auto body shop you know and trust. At McDonald Collision Center we can ensure we use the right parts and components for your specific vehicle regardless of make and model.

Located just south of Denver in Littleton, McDonald Collision is your Colorado Auto Body source providing high quality work for consumers throughout the Denver area.

For more information about OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts or to set up an appointment, give McDonald Collision a call at 303.795.7014