When completing almost any repair on a diesel vehicle, one of the first decisions that must be made is whether to use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts or aftermarket parts. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and either one may be preferable in a particular situation.
OEM Diesel Parts Meet Manufacturer Specs at Premium Prices
OEM parts are guaranteed to meet all the specifications set forth by the maker of your diesel vehicle. These parts are manufactured by approved parts makers and built to the same standards as what was originally installed. The part will perform as expected, and the company that made your vehicle stands behind this part fully.
This level of assurance, however, comes at a price. OEM parts tend to cost more because they’re manufactured in designated facilities, approved by the vehicle manufacturer and only available through approved sellers. This is almost always the most expensive way to repair a vehicle – and sometimes the difference in cost is quite substantial.
There are times when the premium price is worth paying, though. When quality can’t be sacrificed, OEM parts are often the way to go.
Aftermarket Diesel Parts Provide Affordable Options
Aftermarket parts are manufactured by a variety of parts makers, and the quality of these parts can vary. Many aftermarket parts are built to the same standards as OEM parts, even though they aren’t tested or approved by the vehicle manufacturer. They may be built to a lower standard or not as thoroughly tested, however. In a few cases, aftermarket parts are actually made to a higher standard and fix design flaws in OEM components.
The most common advantage aftermarket parts offer is a lower price, and they often cost a portion of what OEM parts run. Because anyone can manufacture and sell these parts, competition drives down the price.
Price is obviously a major consideration in most situations, and there are often ways to address any quality control issues that come with these parts. By purchasing from well-established manufacturers that build to OEM specifications and offer guarantees, it’s frequently possible to get well-made aftermarket parts for much less than their OEM counterparts cost.
Work with a Diesel Repair Specialist
For help weighing the trade-offs of OEM and aftermarket parts, rely on a diesel repair specialist. A technician can give you knowledgeable advice based on the specific repair your vehicle needs, so you can make an informed choice between the two options.
To speak with a diesel repair specialist about your vehicle, bring it to J&S Diesel. Our technicians help drivers decide how to care for their diesel vehicles on a daily basis, and they have the expertise necessary to help you make a decision between these parts. As an independent diesel service center, we’re able to source OEM or high-quality aftermarket parts. Contact us at 702-736-8526 to learn more!
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