OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts – Which One Do I Choose?

May 25th, 2018 by

Car Parts

You may have heard the terms OEM and aftermarket parts before, but let’s take a minute to understand what the differences are and why it might affect you. At Beach Mazda, we only offer Genuine Mazda dealership parts for our Florence drivers, and here’s why.

Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts

OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer,” which means that OEM replacement parts are designed in the same way as the original parts of the vehicle.The benefits of OEM parts are that they’re easy to find at Beach Mazda, you know they’ll work, and they’re backed with a warranty guarantee.

Aftermarket Parts

You can find aftermarket parts at automotive stores, parts stores, and from independent mechanics. While they often come with a lower price tag, there is usually a huge selection, and it can be difficult to figure out which part is the right one for your specific car. Aftermarket parts also don’t typically come with a warranty, and in certain cases they can actually void your vehicle’s warranty.

Genuine Mazda Dealership Parts

With Genuine Mazda 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 Mazda vehicle, so you can be sure that your vehicle is getting just what it needs. These are the only parts that are covered by your Mazda warranty, so if your car is still under warranty, you definitely want to opt for genuine Mazda 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 Beach Mazda Service Center

If you need help deciding between OEM vs. aftermarket parts, Beach Mazda is here to help. Our parts department is well-stocked, and our highly trained service professionals can tell you all about our service and help you with whatever you need. Contact us online today to get started!