The Pros And Cons Of Aftermarket Parts

When you take your vehicle in for service or repair to an independent mechanic, you’re likely going to get aftermarket parts instead of OEM auto parts. Is this necessarily a bad thing? In our last blog we took a look at the pros and cons of OEM auto parts and today we’re going to take a look at the pros and cons of aftermarket auto parts.


The Pros:

Firstly, aftermarket parts are usually much less expensive than OEM auto parts. Of course, how much you can save varies on by brand and if the price seems too good to be true, it’s likely too good to be true. Never sacrifice quality for price!


Secondly, sometimes quality can actually be greater in aftermarket parts when compared to OEM auto parts. That’s, right! You might actually get a better part than the one you started off with. How is this possible? The aftermarket companies are able to reverse-engineer the auto part in order to work out the weaknesses.


Third, you’ll find that you have a lot more variety when you shop aftermarket auto parts. Why? There are a ton of companies that manufacture them! While some specialize in specific parts, there are other companies that make just about any aftermarket part you can think of.


The Cons:

Firstly, quality varies greatly in aftermarket parts and sometimes it’s hard to know what you’re paying for until you’ve already invested some time and money into it. If you’re going to go to an independent mechanic, make sure you trust them.


Secondly, sometimes the selection is overwhelming. If you’re not familiar with the brands, there’s a chance you could get a bad quality part.