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The pros and cons of aftermarket car parts

Aftermarket Parts
Aftermarket vehicle parts refer to any part of a vehicle that isn’t made by the manufacturer of the car. Your cars warranty won’t be voided if they are direct replacement parts. Many companies make parts that are specifically designed to form the exact function of the original part.

Pros of aftermarket parts

  • Less expensive: Aftermarket car parts are often cheaper than the original parts and prices will vary from brand to brand. You should shop around to found the best deal. The best deal doesn’t mean the lowest price, it means the highest quality part at the cheapest price.

  • There’s a chance of the part being better than the original: There are some cases where consumers have bought aftermarket parts and they have ended up working better than the original part. The companies that make aftermarket parts almost perfect the parts and they weed out any weaknesses in the part. This process could end up being very costly for the vehicle company to do. Brake pads are often good aftermarket parts to buy.

  • More variety: Because there are so many manufacturers of aftermarket parts, there are always competitive pricing options and you will likely find what are you are looking for at the right price. Some manufacturers specialise in certain parts and some make any part you can think of.

  • More availability: You can walk into any service centre or part store and you are more than likely going to find the part you are looking for. There are more options when it comes to car services as well as they all stock the same parts. You can find a better deal when it comes to your service.

  • Cons of aftermarket parts:

  • Be careful when trying to find a good deal. You may find a part is much cheaper at 1 place than any others but this could mean that part is of low quality and cheaper materials were used by the manufacturers. Use a brand that you are familiar with or one that is recommended by a mechanic who is trustworthy.

  • With all the options available to you, there is a chance that you will end up with a poor quality part. Even sparkplugs can be made poorly and they will not last as long as the last set. Again, consult a mechanic on the right option to look at or simply buy an original part when the price difference isn’t too great.

  • The part/s may not come with a warranty. This means if the part breaks or is faulty, you will have to replace it at your own expense. You can be assured that at Drews Auto Spares, you will find the part at the right price. Our highly skilled mechanics will also fit the parts for you to ensure you are 100% happy.
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