Finding Similarities Between Cars and Life
A Comparison of Original and Aftermarket Parts
Most people debate whether or not aftermarket parts or original car parts are better when repairing their vehicle. Some think that the original parts are better since the manufacturer makes them. But, others assert that the aftermarket parts will be the same or even better than the original pieces. Is it a matter of opinion or are there facts to back these claims?
There might be one factor that affects whether the repair shop will use the original or aftermarket components, and that’s the laws of the state. Each state has various regulations when it comes to the parts which might be used on the car. This is due to the fact that the state controls the insurance industry and if it permits, the insurance carrier that insures you will allow you to utilize the aftermarket components that would work to your benefit. You may be asked for consent or not based on the state you reside. Then again, there are situations in which you’ll be able to make a decision yourself especially if the insurance carrier isn’t involved.
It’s fair to say that some of the original parts may be okay while some may not. Most times when a car breaks down, it is because something went wrong with the original parts. This is also true when a recall happens. This might deter a car owner from using the original parts should they have that choice. If it is a recall leading to the replacement of the part, the car dealership that is making the replacement or repair will use what they are required to use.
When you visit a local parts store, they’ll give out options about which components to use. They will most likely quote you the price of an economy part which will save you some cash. The original part is similar to the part you are replacing, and a more costly part that costs more as it is of better quality. Some individuals might go for the original part because the manufacturer made it, but that might not always be the right route to take.
A a lot of aftermarket components in the marketplace perform well and at times better than the original pieces. There’s also the more expensive aftermarket part that will do better than the original. You might find a longer life out of this aftermarket part than you can the economy or original part. It may be more expensive, but the price isn’t so high when compared to the original part.
What it comes down to is that the difference in the price becomes significant because you will not have to replace the part as quickly as you did the original part on the vehicle.