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When cars are brought in for repairs, the type of replacement parts you get can depend on the service department you visit or where the department is located. Local dealerships use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts, whilst you may get a choice between OEM and aftermarket parts from independent shops which are generally cheaper. OEM parts are built by the original car manufacturers, meaning they are generally the same part as that found in your vehicle so it is a safe bet. Aftermarket products, on the other hand, are ones generally produced by a company other than the original manufacturer which means less cost but a little more risk is involved.

So, the question should be asked:
What type of replacement part offers the best value and quality for what you are willing to spend?

Easier Choice:
Since OEM parts are the same as the original, purchasing these means you’ll usually get one type. There is no worry or stress about researching the best brands and quality, or comparing prices with varying departments. These parts have a warranty and come from the same manufacturer as the vehicle, however they would most likely be more expensive than aftermarket parts and a much safer choice too.

Quality Assurance:
There is comfort with OEM parts, as they are guaranteed to work exactly the same as the ones being replaced so they will work like new. The familiarity and performance of the original manufacturer can bring with it a peace of mind for you and your wallet.

Aftermarket Parts:
Less Expensive:
Aftermarket parts are usually less costly than their OEM counterparts but as with everything it will have a price. The cost difference can vary depending on the brand, thus if the price seems too good to be true, make sure to ask questions about its quality and its origin.

Some aftermarket products perform as well or better than the original in certain cases. Companies producing the parts disassemble and find ways to improve upon the weaknesses of OEM parts, sometimes resulting in superior quality which will ensure that you get the best quality possible.

ore Variety and Availability:
Furthermore, there are many different companies that produce aftermarket parts in varying degrees of quality. The large variety of parts in the market means there is a greater selection and wider range of prices for the customer to choose from which makes it very helpful. Additionally, these parts are sold in auto parts stores, local mechanics and many other outlets that allow easy access and servicing so that you dont have to go out of your way to find the parts you need.

Which One To Choose?
However not all aftermarket parts are created equal, while OEM parts are. This should give customers important factors to consider when purchasing parts. It should be noted that OEM parts are single-sourced. This means they most likely need to be bought at the dealership so you might wait longer than usual for your part. While there are options to purchase OEM parts online or from local mechanics, it would not be unusual to wait weeks for certain, less common parts to arrive. This certainly limits the number of places they can be purchased from and will make problems if it is urgent.

With aftermarket parts however, the greater variety means customers should be wary when purchasing them but the chance of finding your part goes up greatly. Some products may be of a lower quality due to the use of cheaper materials to keep costs down but might hinder the quality. It is important to research reliable brands and take advice from trusted mechanics on their recommendations when choosing between aftermarket parts and where to get them.

In the end, it is up to you to decide which option is the best for your needs and desires. Depending on the quality, budget or performance you seek, the answers will differ from person to person. When in doubt, be sure to listen to reliable professionals for their advice on what they suggest.

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