Every car enthusiast sooner or later faces with a choice which spare parts to choose: OEM or aftermarket. These both types can be used for the maintenance and repairing of a car. On the Internet you can find millions of indisputable arguments as supporters exclusively original and ardent of his opponents. Defenders of the OEM parts are convinced that to achieve initially specified by the vehicle manufacturer parameters, and accordingly – reliability, durability and functionality this type needs to be used. And it’s hard to argue. However, those who are advise to use aftermarket spare parts also have a number of counter-arguments: a high price, a significant proportion of which precisely belongs to the car brand. And many people simply are not ready, and sometimes are not able, to pay such a high price especially as modern car parts market offers a wide alternative in the form of substitution analogues.
In fact, it is not so clear, and the truth, as we know, is somewhere in between. In this article we will try to give clear and concise definition of original OEM and non-original or aftermarket car parts, and try to make possible a full and impartial analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of using these parts in your car, which ultimately will help you make the right choice in the future. Pros: a very high quality. Cons: price and a just one vendor.
OEM parts and components that are identical to parts and assemblies supplied to the assembly line factory. Such parts have a mandatory and unique brand identification number provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
Aftermarket parts are products of independent manufacturers specializing in the production of parts to a group (for example, suspension and steering, brakes, engine, electrical equipment, etc.) for various makes and models of cars. These parts can be produced as a private label manufacturer, and other brands of companies packers. Advantages: a wide variety in price and quality.