OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts – What’s the Deal?

June 13th, 2018 by

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between OEM parts and aftermarket parts? You may have heard these automotive terms before, but you might not know the difference. Never fear! We’re taking a look at these two types of parts to help you better understand which type you might need for your vehicle repair, upgrade, or customization.

Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts

Let’s break down the jargon first. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” This means that OEM replacement parts are exactly the same as what was originally used. They’re designed and produced by the same brand manufacturer that made your vehicle. The benefits of OEM parts are that they’re easy to find at the dealer, you know they’ll work, and they’re backed with a warranty guarantee. The drawback is that they’re more expensive.

Aftermarket Parts

You can find aftermarket parts at automotive stores and from independent mechanics. The good news is that they can be less expensive. The bad news is that there is usually a huge selection, and it can be difficult to figure out which part is the right one for your car. Aftermarket parts also don’t typically come with a warranty, and they can also void your vehicle’s warranty in some instances. They can be high-quality, but you need to do research to be sure.

Genuine Porsche Dealership Parts

With Genuine Porsche Parts, you’re assured of superior quality and fit, corrosion resistance, warranty coverage, and safety. Every part has been specifically designed and engineered for your Porsche vehicle, so you can be sure that your vehicle is getting the ideal solution. These are the only parts that are covered by your Porsche warranty, so if your car is still under warranty, you definitely want to choose genuine Porsche parts. If your vehicle is involved in an accident, you’ll want to use OEM parts to ensure an accurate fit and safety.

Count on the Porsche of Stratham Service Center

Porsche of Stratham is here to help you determine if OEM parts or aftermarket parts are best for your vehicle needs. You can contact our parts department or service department, or order parts online. Be sure to check out our parts special offers as well!

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