OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

December 31st, 2018 by

Car Parts

When you need a replacement part for your vehicle, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all of the options available. In particular, what are OEM vs. aftermarket parts – and which one is right for you? While some customers try to save money with aftermarket options, our technicians recommend OEM parts every time for the best quality and reliability possible. Learn all about the key differences at Brilliance Honda near Schaumburg and Barrington, and learn all about the importance of genuine Honda parts.

What are OEM Parts?

OEM parts are “original equipment manufacturer” components. So if you need a new headlight for your Honda, your replacement part will also be made by Honda. This has a lot of different advantages for customers. First, you are guaranteed that your replacement part will fit just as well as the original piece. You can also rest assured that your replacement will carry the same high degree of quality as the original, so there’s no need to worry about the unknown. Second, you can get even more peace of mind knowing that your part is under warranty. That means that even if you get a dud, you’re protected. Finally, shopping for OEM parts is just easier. There may be dozens of aftermarket products, and comparing prices and reviews takes time. Generally speaking, there’s only one OEM replacement to choose for any component, so ordering parts is easy!

What are Aftermarket Parts?

Now you know what OEM parts are, but what are aftermarket parts? Aftermarket parts are products made by a third-party manufacturer. This isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s far riskier. Most customers who opt for aftermarket parts are simply looking for a cheaper price, but if you want a great deal, why not check out our parts specials? Here are some of the reasons why we caution against aftermarket components:

  • Quality can be hit or miss.
  • Warranties are seldom included.
  • There are so many options to explore that shopping takes some time.

Schedule Your Service Today

If you’re ready to give your car a little care, schedule your service with Brilliance Honda. We’re only a short drive from Elgin, so don’t hesitate to stop by. Contact us with any questions, and we’ll get back to you quickly.

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