Car parts go through the normal wear and tear. Once it’s time for a replacement, you can go two ways: an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or a non-OEM.
For the un-oriented, OEM parts are parts produced according to the car manufacturer’s design and specifications. OEM suppliers such as Schofield HSV are licensed to make products according to manufacturers’ standards. OEM parts are of good quality and guaranteed to work well with the car brand. They are recommended for aftermarket installation or replacement.
On the other hand, non-OEM parts are parts made by unaffiliated companies. Some OEM products are also of good quality and cost less, but many of them can be counterfeit or copy OEMs, and may not fit well in your car or even cause damage to it. Buying these parts also pose serious risks to the car. Here is why you should avoid them.
Some non-OEMs have warranties, but that warranty is limited to the part itself. Should that part damage the car in any way, its warranty will only replace the part, not the whole car. It can even risk voiding your car’s warranty if it can be proven that it caused damage to your vehicle.
Will It Fit?
Not all parts are designed the same way. OEM parts are designed to fit the requirements of your car and can easily be replaced, compared to non-OEM parts that might not fit easily. While there are non-OEMs that try to appear similar to OEMs, they may not meet the same standards of quality and can slowly damage the car.
How to Avoid Risks
Avoid having your car serviced by mechanics and service centres unaffiliated with your car manufacturer. By having your car serviced by the manufacturer’s centres and affiliates, you can be assured of genuine parts.
Another reason to stick to OEMs is that they provide genuine parts for replacements. Genuine parts will fit the vehicle, last longer, and perform well with certainty.
While good parts exist in the market, there are a lot of counterfeits as well. The safest option is to avoid the risks of non-OEM parts and stick to OEMs and your trusted affiliated mechanic.