Saturday, March 5, 2022

OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your Toyota car or perform some DIY repairs, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to Toyota parts. Specifically, you’ll be choosing between aftermarket parts and OEM Toyota parts, which can be a difficult decision for drivers who don’t know the differences. 

Here is a side-by-side comparison between these two types of car parts.

OEM vs. Aftermarket Comparison 

For starters, OEM stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer," which means that these parts are made by the same company that makes Toyota vehicles. Meanwhile, aftermarket parts are manufactured by different parts companies and are designed to be compatible with a variety of different makes and models. 

Here are some ways in which we can directly compare these two types of parts:

  • Quality: Aftermarket parts are often cheaper because they are not made of the same high-quality materials as OEM Toyota parts. The inferior construction can lead aftermarket parts to fail and negate initial savings that you may experience.
  • Performance: Toyota OEM parts are what we use in our Toyota service center, as they have been designed for your make and model.
  • Selection: With a huge amount of aftermarket parts flooding the market, there can be a confusing selection available. A visit to our Toyota parts department ensures that you’re getting exactly what you need and eliminates the confusion.
  • Warranty: Aftermarket parts typically do not include a warranty, leaving you hoping that they properly fit. On the other hand, OEM parts include a one-year warranty.

Shop our wide selection of authentic OEM Toyota parts here at Keyes Toyota. 

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