Saturday, February 18, 2012

Disadvantages of New OEM Parts

What are some of the disadvantages of new OEM parts? Many car owners insist on using OEM parts. But, many do not realize the real disadvantages to doing so. They pay a higher price than they would on aftermarket parts. They may be paying that higher price for lower quality parts. They also may have to go through a dealer or wait a long time to get those parts to their own mechanic. So, you can wait longer, pay more, and get lower quality parts when you choose to use OEM parts instead of aftermarket ones.

Tatra 8x8 Truck
Probably the biggest one of the disadvantages of new OEM parts is price. In most cases, you will pay a higher price than you would for the same thing in aftermarket parts. In many cases you can pay 60% or higher for the same or similar part. That markup helps dealers make their profit margins. That is one reason why many insurance companies will demand collision repair shops use aftermarket parts on repairs instead of OEM. If you have a new car accident, it is important to request that your insurance company cover the cost of OEM parts to make sure you do not invalidate your warranty.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Advantages of Aftermarket Parts

You can see the advantages of aftermarket parts. The first major advantage is cost. Many OEM products can cost significantly more than their aftermarket counterparts do. OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer. This company manufactured the original car such as Tatra or Scania. You usually pay 60% or more for an OEM product over the aftermarket counterpart. If you want to save money when making an automobile repair, it is best to use aftermarket parts to keep the cost down.

Another of the significant advantages of aftermarket parts is availability. One of the biggest problems with OEM parts is that you have to order them through a dealership. This limits the places where you can get work done. If you can find a mechanic that is willing to order the OEM parts, you often have to wait days or even weeks to get the parts delivered. With aftermarket products you can find them on the shelves of just about any auto parts store or gas station in your area. You can also find a wide variety of them available through Internet retailers.