Much like with vehicles, auto parts are readily available, but aren’t exactly created equally. Parts created by the original manufacturer, known as OEM parts, and aftermarket parts offer a different set of benefits. Check out this quick rundown of each set of parts from Edmunds.com, and then stop in at J.B.A. Mitsubishi for all your service needs.
Since OEM parts are created by the manufacturer, they tend to come with a guarantee on quality. Most automakers even back their parts with a warranty that ensures they fit and function perfectly within the vehicle. If a dealership takes care of the repair, then many automakers will even cover labor if the part needs to be replaced again.
In addition to a quality guarantee, OEM parts are easier to get. All you have to do is go to the dealership service department and ask. There’s no need to waste time weighing different options and brands. Parts are readily available to consumers and knowledgeable technicians are there to guide owners from start to finish.
As a rule of thumb, aftermarket parts tend to be less expensive than OEM parts, but the quality tends to vary. The quality can be affected by factors like materials used, defects, or a plain old improper component.
If you aren’t familiar with aftermarket parts as a whole, odds are you’ll have some trouble finding the right brand and part to guarantee quality. While an independent mechanic could help guide you, nothing is guaranteed.
The reason aftermarket parts are so much cheaper than OEM parts is because they don’t come backed by a warranty. Aftermarket part manufacturers won’t replace a defective part and may not take a return if the part doesn’t fit into the vehicle.
Once it’s all broken down and options have been weighed, it’s easy to see why OEM parts are well worth the extra cost. Designed to fit your vehicle and function perfectly, manufacturer parts are guaranteed to work. That’s something aftermarket parts can’t promise.