MANUFACTURER’S PARTS VS. AFTERMARKET PARTS

Here at Don Brown Chevy, we want to be a reliable source of information for all of your car related questions. That includes helping you understand the difference in the type of parts you purchase for your vehicle. There is always speculation about which type of part is best for your vehicle and best for your wallet, Manufacturer parts or Aftermarket Parts. We will give you a quick rundown of what each type is and explain both the benefits and shortcomings of each.

Manufacturer’s Parts, as the name suggests, are produced by the car manufacturer to be used for vehicles that they make. But to explain further, these parts are not simply made by the manufacturer as a part for any vehicle, they are made specifically for a particular vehicle, and thus they are designed to fit perfectly and work with your vehicle better than other parts would. These parts are designed for your car by the company that makes the vehicle, and typically only have one type available.

Aftermarket Parts are any other parts made for your vehicle that have not been created by the car maker. Unlike Manufacturer’s parts, these parts can have a wide selection available, and can vary based upon the materials for the part, how it is produced, and who develops it. Sometimes there can be so many options that it is overwhelming for someone to decide which part to go with.

MANUFACTURER VS. AFTERMARKET

Now that you have an understanding of what each type of part is and how they are produced, here are some of the pros and cons of each.

OEM

Buying a Manufacturer’s part (or an OEM part) has many advantages, and one of biggest is that you simply know you are getting a quality part when you go with the Manufacturer. The bottom line is these parts are made by the same people who made your car, and thus they know exactly how the part should be produced. In addition to this, the quality of the part is guaranteed. Buying an OEM part does not typically affect a warranty because the part is acceptable by the manufacturer’s standards. One of the downsides to purchasing directly from the company is that these parts tend to be more expensive than parts found aftermarket. Because the quality is assured, the price will be higher.

AFTERMARKET

As mentioned above, buying Aftermarket parts can be less expensive and save you money in getting your car serviced. In addition to this, Aftermarket parts can be made better than some OEM parts. Because parts by the manufacturer only come in one form normally, Aftermarket parts have more liberty to develop variations of a part and in some cases improve upon it.

As mentioned above, buying Aftermarket parts can be less expensive and save you money in getting your car serviced. In addition to this, Aftermarket parts can be made better than some OEM parts. Because parts by the manufacturer only come in one form normally, Aftermarket parts have more liberty to develop variations of a part and in some cases improve upon it. However, there are definitely some negatives to buying Aftermarket parts. Although they are typically cheaper, this is usually because the quality of the material used is cheaper as well. Also, with aftermarket parts there are many options, but this may not always be a good thing; the more options, the harder it is to find the right part that works best for your vehicle. This also increases the chances that the part will not work properly. It is important to find Aftermarket parts from a reputable source. Aftermarket parts from the wrong person not only cause problems for your vehicle, but it can also become more expensive than going with manufacturer’s parts in the first place.

DON BROWN CHEVROLET

After looking at all the options and seeing the good and bad with each, ultimately the choice is yours. Here at Don Brown Chevrolet, we feel that Manufacturer’s parts are the best route because you know you are getting a quality part. Although they may be more expensive up front, in the long run quality parts will last longer than a cheaper part that requires multiple repairs. The exception to this is if you have an older vehicle, using aftermarket parts may be better than investing into a vehicle that is likely to be replaced sooner.

Although it is important to find the right part, it is also important to finding the right person to replace it as well. In addition to having certified GM Parts, Don Brown Chevrolet’s Service Department has factory trained technicians that know how to correctly replace OEM Parts for your GM vehicles. Whether you choose to go with Manufacturer’s parts or Aftermarket, Don Brown Chevrolet will work hard to get your vehicle back to working condition!