Pros and Cons of Using Aftermarket Parts

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When it comes to customizing or repairing your vehicle, you’ll have to decide whether you want to use official OEM parts or aftermarket alternatives. While aftermarket parts can be a convenient option for many drivers, they have their disadvantages as well. Below, we’ve broken down all the pros and cons of using aftermarket parts, and why drivers should consider using OEM parts when available. 

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Varying Quality and Reliability 

While there are plenty of aftermarket part options that are of a high enough quality to get the job done, many aftermarket options pale in comparison to the quality, longevity, and reliability of their OEM equivalent. With so many aftermarket part producers available, standards for parts and accessories can vary wildly, while OEM part manufacturers tend to be more strict about their quality assurance. 

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After-Purchase Support 

When drivers choose to use OEM parts, they are preserving their vehicle’s warranty. Typically, when an OEM part starts to break down or run into an issue, the original equipment manufacturer for your vehicle will provide top-tier customer support and assistance to troubleshoot or resolve the issue. When drivers choose an aftermarket alternative, this level of support isn’t guaranteed. 

Resale Value Impact 

While many drivers choose aftermarket parts because they tend to be cheaper than their OEM counterparts, they could be losing money in the long term. Selling a vehicle with aftermarket parts can have a negative impact on its overall resale value, as the parts may not operate as well as the OEM parts they’ve replaced. 

Shop for Parts at Hogan Chevrolet 

Located in the Scarborough, Ontario area and wondering where to go for parts and accessories? Hogan Chevrolet can help you. Click here to request a parts quote from our team. We work closely with vehicle owners to help them find the part or accessory they need to ensure their vehicle is performing as best as it can.