OEM vs Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket vs OEM Parts - Germain Toyota of Columbus

If your vehicle is involved in a minor or major collision, it’s entirely understandable that you would be eager to get back on the road as soon as possible while also ensuring that your vehicle is repaired to the highest standards for your safety and peace of mind. One of the most common questions a customer has for our team of collision experts is what exactly is the difference between aftermarket and OEM parts. To help clear up the confusion and help you make an informed decision, our team at Germain Toyota of Columbus has assembled this helpful reference guide that covers the difference between aftermarket and OEM parts.

What Are OEM Parts?

OEM stands for “original equipment manufacturer”. These parts are identical to those that came installed on your vehicle when it was initially built. They are of the exact same quality and will restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition. However, OEM parts are generally more expensive and often less widely available compared to aftermarket parts since they’re made by the original manufacturer.

Advantages of OEM Parts

  • Identical to the part that is being replaced
  • Usually include warranty coverage
  • You’ll know exactly what you’re getting
Disadvantages of OEM Parts

  • Typically more expensive than aftermarket parts
  • In spite of their higher cost, they’re not necessarily always of superior quality
  • Depending on the make/model of your vehicle, availability can potentially be limited

What Are Aftermarket Parts?

While they are made to look and function just like OEM parts, aftermarket parts are made by other manufacturers. What separates aftermarket parts from OEM parts is the fact that they can offer different prices, quality, and availability. In general, aftermarket parts tend to cost less than OEM parts. However, the quality and availability can be either better or worse than OEM depending on their manufacturer.

Advantages of Aftermarket Parts

  • Generally less expensive compared to OEM parts
  • Usually more variety and more options to choose from
  • Often more readily available
Disadvantages of Aftermarket Parts

  • Quality can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer
  • May not include warranty coverage
  • Selection can be overwhelming at times

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