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OEM Parts vs. Aftermarket Parts

OEM Parts vs. Aftermarket Parts
OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, parts are vehicle components that come from the same assembly line as those used on the original vehicle. They tend to be more reliable because they are not only quality built, but they are also specially designed for your specific vehicle. Although some aftermarket parts may be more affordable, you should consider the pros and cons of using such parts. Here’s a list of differences between OEM and aftermarket parts.

OEM Parts

Here at Riverhead Nissan, our Service Department uses only the highest quality components when repairing your vehicle. That means we stick to OEM parts. These components are made by the manufacturer, which means they’ve been tested to meet strict industry standards. While OEM parts include major components, they can also be things like oil filters, brake pads, and more.

Buying OEM means there is no guesswork—these parts will always fit your vehicle. Most warranties also require that you use OEM parts in order maintain the integrity of the vehicle. Although some of these manufacturer parts are more expensive than aftermarket parts, they are built to last. Most OEM parts are backed by warranties as well. In short, you get what you pay for—why skimp when it comes to your car?

Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket parts are often used by the average corner garage in order to lower costs. While some of these parts are cheap, they don’t always meet high standards. If you want a repair that will last, it’s best to stick to OEM parts.

Some aftermarket parts can be more expensive than OEM parts. These are usually high-performance components or accessories. While these can work to improve your car, they’re not always guaranteed or backed by warranties. Plus, using such parts may also void warranties on your vehicle.
In other words, OEM parts are always a safe bet. They are high-quality components that meet strict criteria and are always a perfect fit. While there are pros and cons to both OEM and aftermarket parts, most technicians agree that if you want something done right every time, you should stick to OEM components. If you need a repair or regular maintenance, stop by Riverhead Nissan today.

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