OEM vs Generic Auto Parts at Central Florida CDJR

March 23rd, 2020 by

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OEM vs Generic Auto Parts at Central Florida CDJR

Breaking Down the Difference Between OEM vs Aftermarket Auto Parts

You’ve likely heard the expression “parts is parts”. Well, in the auto repair world, “parts are NOT parts”. In fact, knowing the difference between OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) vs generic auto parts or aftermarket parts can make a huge impact on the quality, safety and efficiency of your daily driver.

Let’s take some time to explain the difference between OEM and aftermarket auto parts. We’ll explain what makes a replacement auto part OEM, and aftermarket equivalent. Finally, we’ll outline why you’re always better off to trust replacement parts designed to fit with precision perfection that you can find at Central Florida Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

What is an OEM Auto Part?

Today’s cars, trucks, and SUVs are engineered with multiple moving parts that have tolerances within a few thousands of an inch. In English – this means during car repair service they fit exceptionally tight. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. In the auto parts world, it means that they are made by the same manufacturer that sold your new vehicle.

They are essentially the same parts that your new Dodge, Jeep, or Chrysler comes equipped with when you drive off the lot. If a part is worn out, the OEM auto part fits perfectly, without any obstructions.

What is an Aftermarket Auto Part?

A generic or aftermarket auto part is one that is not made by the automotive manufacturer. They are third-party auto part manufacturers, who often pay the direct manufacturer a premium for the right to make replacement parts when the OEM equivalent is not available or no longer in production.

Aftermarket auto parts are not necessarily inferior quality. They are made in quantity, and in some cases, designed to fit multiple models or trim levels available by the same brand or parent company. For example, the Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country are nearly identical. An aftermarket manufacturer would take the measurements of both (which are slightly different) and make a single part that fits both vehicles – even different years.

Why OEM is Always the Best First Option

Modern cars, trucks, and SUVs depend on each mechanical part to work seamlessly, without any compatibility issues. While many aftermarket parts might ‘fit’ – there are typically compatibility issues. Whether it’s a fuel filter that doesn’t tighten exactly to torque tolerance, or a head gasket that ‘sort of leaks’, there is simply no way to know if an aftermarket part is going to fit perfectly.

The best way to ensure your replacement auto parts fit perfectly, OEM is always the best option. The auto parts made by the manufacturer are designed for your exact year, make, and model of vehicle. It’s even customized to each trim level or special edition.

Plus, for those with warranties, using OEM replacement parts installed by certified technicians will verify and protect that warranty. You simply can’t guarantee this by using aftermarket equivalents.

Ask the Parts Professionals at Central Florida Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

If you’re ever concerned about whether to use OEM or aftermarket parts, ask the professionals at Central Florida Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. For years, Mopar performance parts enthusiasts in Orlando and throughout Central Florida have trusted our Orlando car dealership parts and service department for professional advice on which part is best for their vehicle.

Whether you own a classic Plymouth Barracuda or a new Dodge Hellcat, finding the right OEM parts is easy when you work with Central Florida Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. If you have any questions about which replacement part is best for your vehicle, contact our parts and service department today. We’re here to serve you.

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