OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

November 21st, 2018 by

PartsIf you’re in the market for a replacement part, you might feel overwhelmed by all of the different options that you encounter. One of the most common questions that we get at the parts department is, “What is the difference between OEM vs. aftermarket parts?” You might be surprised at the difference in quality between the two options. Let’s dive into the advantages and disadvantages, so you can feel confident ordering your replacement.

What are Aftermarket Parts?

So, what are aftermarket parts? Aftermarket products are created by a company other than the original manufacturer. If you get a new component for your Optima that is made by anyone other than Kia, that’s an aftermarket part. Some people like to shop third-party manufacturers to save some money. Generally speaking, aftermarket parts are cheaper than OEM options, and there are far more options to explore. However, quality and consistency are a gamble. Some aftermarket parts are great, but some are total duds. Without a warranty, there’s nothing that you can do to make up for the loss.

What are OEM Parts?

Now that you know about aftermarket parts, what are OEM parts? OEM parts are made by the original equipment manufacturer. If you get new brakes from Kia for your Sedona, you’ve purchased an OEM part. There are quite a few benefits to choosing authentic replacement components.

  • You’re guaranteed to get a perfect fit that was made specifically for your vehicle.
  • Quality is consistent, and most products have a warranty in case something happens down the road.
  • There’s no need to compare a million different products. There’s usually just one OEM part to choose if you need a replacement, so you spend less time shopping.

Find Quality Parts at Jeffrey Kia

Are you ready to order parts for your Kia? We’re ready to help you at Jeffrey Kia – serving Grosse Pointe, St. Clair Shores, and Sterling Heights. Schedule your service to take care of your repair quickly and easily, and we’ll have you back on the road in no time. Still have questions about OEM vs. aftermarket parts? Feel free to contact us with your concerns, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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