Choosing aftermarket parts brings up a whole bunch of questions. If you have had your car repaired lately, then you know that describing car parts as expensive is an understatement. Replace a few at one time and you’re bound to have the same shock when you see your bill as you did when you bought your vehicle. The problem is what choice do you have? Aftermarket parts are those which are not made by the original manufacturer but are made by a local or international company.
Does it really matter who makes the aftermarket parts?
It depends on the specific part and who makes it. Aftermarket parts are often less expensive than the original parts. But that was the case years ago. The quality of aftermarket auto parts has improved over the last several years and today are of equal or even higher quality than original parts.
Pros of Aftermarket Parts:
· Cost: This is the big one. Prices for aftermarket auto car parts are almost always less than with original parts. Sometimes much cheaper.
- Selection: You have loads of people to choose from.
- Quality: You need to check around and ask questions, even get referrals from people that have used this brand name.
How do you know if an aftermarket part is any good?
Determining the quality of aftermarket parts is a bit of a gamble but, to be honest, using original parts can be a bit of a gamble, too. The original part on your car could have an initial fault. So, how do you decide which part to use? Unfortunately, you will have to do a little research. Ask a trusted mechanic. Find out about the aftermarket parts manufacturer’s reputation. Check if they are RMI approved. Check what warranty is offered. How established the business is.