OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts are often produced by the same manufacturers that produce aftermarket parts. The biggest difference is that OEM parts are designed for a vehicle that is brand new with absolutely no wear and tear. This is not meant to imply inferior quality; rather, that the part is designed to meet the minimum standards stipulated by the vehicle’s engineers. These standards include performance, emission, and government safety standards; however, the parts may not be built to last as reflected with shorter warranty periods. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, are produced with equal or stronger types of materials, service the same purpose as the original, and often have much longer warranty periods. Because performance requirements for a vehicle with significant mileage are much higher, it takes a better-engineered part to return the vehicle to its original operating standard.
Aftermarket Parts for your repair or scheduled maintenance
Improving a pre-existing product invites competition resulting in greater consumer selection. With this increased range of choices, the price of the product may decrease, and the availability increases. This means when you need a part you have more options available in stock and at a lower cost. As trained professionals, OK Tire technicians are skilled at working with both OEM and aftermarket parts on all makes and models of vehicles. Ask your Service Advisor if you have questions regarding the parts used on your vehicle during your repair or maintenance work.
The Concept of Parts Unknown
The idea of parts unknown or strictly using parts provided by your vehicle’s manufacturer is not necessarily relevant to aftermarket parts. Most manufacturers either buy or produce the same parts purchased by Aftermarket Service Providers. Working with an Aftermarket Service Provider ensures that you receive the best part for your vehicle, not simply the part someone else wants to sell you.