First thing’s first – definitions. We have all heard about OEM’s and aftermarket parts but what exactly do these terms mean? OEM, abbreviation for Original Equipment Manufacturer, parts are normally supplied by the dealerships and are specifically manufactured for the brand, usually with the brand’s logo on the part. Aftermarket parts are provided by independent shops, and have a wide variety of brands that offer all kinds of parts for most vehicles.
Now that we have that information but want to know why it is such a big issue? Well it mainly comes down to quality and price, but let us look at the full list of pros and cons of both.
So there you have the basics! Need more help? Ask away at your favourite dealership, or any independent mechanic or parts shop.