When your vehicle is having issues, it can be expensive to repair. Unfortunately, replacement car parts aren't cheap, and the cost can add up quickly if your car requires more than a few repairs. Depending on where you choose to take your vehicle, some auto repair shops use aftermarket parts instead of using original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts to help keep costs down. This may sound like a good thing, but you’ll need to understand the difference between OEM and aftermarket parts before deciding which parts to use.

We believe in repairing your Ford vehicle with OEM parts at Apple Ford of Red Lion. By selecting OEM parts, your Ford will get the highest quality and most reliable parts available. OEM parts also have warranties to protect you against manufacturer defects and failures that typically cover your OEM parts for one year. So, if you’re seeking professional repair services for your Ford in the Red Lion, Pennsylvania, area, look no further than Apple Ford of Red Lion. Let's take a look at how OEM and aftermarket parts differ.

OEM Parts vs. Aftermarket Parts

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When your vehicle undergoes repairs at a dealership, the technicians will usually use OEM parts. Some dealerships have several parts brands for you to choose from. At Apple Ford of Red Lion, our parts center offers several options for replacement parts brands :

  • Original equipment manufacturer.
  • Motorcraft.
  • Omnicraft.

When you take your vehicle to a private auto repair shop, they will most likely use aftermarket parts to help cut overall repair costs. Unfortunately, though it may be favorable to use aftermarket parts to save money, parts manufacturers may not have produced them to the same standards as OEM parts. This can result in a drop in your vehicle's performance or even cause more damage in the long run, leading to higher costs down the road.

Even if you gain some benefits from using aftermarket parts, there are certain situations where only OEM parts will do. When you understand the pros and cons of these two types of parts, you can make an informed decision when choosing between them. You will also be able to find a balance between cost and quality.

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What Are Aftermarket Parts?

Aftermarket parts are replacement parts for vehicles not made by the original equipment manufacturer. These parts are like the generic versions of the automotive replacement parts world. Aftermarket parts have several different names:

  • Non-OEM parts.
  • Generic parts.
  • Competitive replacement parts.

There are many aftermarket parts manufacturers, making it difficult to determine which ones provide quality parts and which ones don't. This means you will have to research aftermarket parts to ensure you get a quality part for your vehicle. Overall, aftermarket parts are more cost-effective than OEM parts, but you may not want to sacrifice quality for cost. Aftermarket parts that provide excellent quality will cost as much, if not more, than OEM parts. Sometimes, these parts can offer better performance than the original ones. Here are a few pros of aftermarket parts:

  • Less expensive than OEM parts.
  • More selection to choose from.
  • Equal or better quality than OEM parts.
  • More availability.
  • Only choice for older vehicles.

Here are a few of the cons of aftermarket parts:

  • Quality can vary.
  • Selecting from the many choices can be overwhelming.
  • Some aftermarket parts don't have warranties.
  • There may be manufacturing imperfections, such as fit or placement.
  • Poor quality parts can cause more damage.

Aftermarket parts can be a good choice, but many factors have to line up just right for you to get a quality replacement part for your vehicle. If these factors don't align, an aftermarket part's overall quality and performance may leave you with uncertainty. So, now, let's explore why OEM parts are the better choice for your Ford car, truck, or sport utility vehicle (SUV).

What Are OEM Parts?

OEM parts are the replacement parts made directly by your vehicle's manufacturer. In some cases, your vehicle's manufacturer designed these parts for a specific purpose but contracted out to other reputable manufacturers. Regardless, car manufacturers design OEM parts specifically for your vehicle to guarantee a precise fit and optimal performance. In addition, the service department will most likely use OEM parts when you choose to have your car repaired at a dealership. Here are a few of the pros of OEM parts:

  • Superior quality.
  • Unsurpassed performance.
  • Precise fit every time.
  • OEM parts warranty.
  • OEM parts labor warranty.
  • Easier to choose the correct part.

Here are a few of the cons of OEM parts:

  • These parts come at a higher cost.
  • You can only purchase parts from the dealership.
  • Availability can increase repair time at independent auto repair shops.

OEM parts have fewer cons, but your budget may be the deciding factor when choosing aftermarket or OEM parts. Now that you know more about these two types of parts, you can make a better-informed decision when your vehicle requires repair. So, what will your choice be?

Aftermarket or OEM?

When you want parts guaranteed to provide a precise fit for your vehicle, OEM parts will fit the bill. However, with the variety of different aftermarket parts manufacturers out there, the quality and fit of the parts may not have the same standards as OEM parts. Therefore, even though aftermarket parts can save you money, you may need to do considerable research to find the quality parts you need. If you have negligible experience with aftermarket brands, your best bet may be to stick with OEM parts for more peace of mind. 

Contact us for professional service and repairs, or visit Apple Ford of Red Lion. There's no better place in Red Lion or the surrounding area to have your Ford vehicle inspected, serviced, and repaired. No matter what your Ford car, truck, or SUV needs, our highly trained Ford technicians can handle it. We use OEM Ford parts or a selection of other quality brands at your request. So, bring your Ford to our dealership today, and our experts will diagnose and repair your Ford vehicle and have you back on the road in no time.

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