Heading to a dealership’s service department can be expensive, especially when you look at the prices for parts. While an independent shop may charge less, you’re likely getting aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts may be cheaper, but you could end up paying more in the long run. OEM parts are the best choice by far, no matter your make and model.
Parts designed and provided by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) can cost more, but the security they provide is better than that of aftermarket parts.
If you aren’t familiar with aftermarket brands, you could wind up paying for the same part a few months down the road. Although they may be cheaper, buying multiple units of the same part will put a drain on your wallet.
When it comes down to it, OEM parts are exact carbon copies of one another. That means they’ll fit in your vehicle, giving you peace of mind along with a car that’s guaranteed to run. Should the part not fit or be defective, the manufacturer likely backs it with a warranty. As a result, you won’t have to pay for a replacement out-of-pocket.
While OEM parts may have less selection and need to be ordered from a dealership, the overall quality and security they provide is unmatched.