Genuine Honda Parts vs. Aftermarket Parts – What’s the Difference?
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between genuine manufacturer’s parts, or OEM parts, and aftermarket parts? You may have heard these automotive terms before, but you might not know the difference. Never fear! Our technicians at our Salem service center can help you decide between Honda aftermarket and Honda OEM parts for your CR-V or Civic.
Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts
Let’s break down the jargon first. You might hear the term “OEM” thrown around. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” This means that OEM replacement parts are exactly the same as what was originally used. They’re designed and produced by the same brand manufacturer that made your vehicle.
The benefits of OEM parts are that they’re easy to find at the dealer, you know they’ll work, and they’re backed with a warranty guarantee. The drawback is that they’re more expensive.
You can find aftermarket parts at automotive stores and from independent mechanics all around Methuen and Lawrence. The good news is that they can be less expensive. The bad news is that there is usually a huge selection, and it can be difficult to figure out which part is the right one for your car.
Aftermarket parts also don’t typically come with a warranty, and they can also void your vehicle’s warranty in some instances. They can be high-quality, but you need to do research to be sure.
Genuine Honda Dealership Parts
While Honda aftermarket parts may cost somewhat less, they are inferior to Honda OEM parts. With Genuine Honda OEM 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 Honda vehicle, so you can be sure that your car, truck, or SUV is getting the ideal solution.
Unlike Honda aftermarket parts, OEM parts are backed with warranty coverage, so if your car is still under warranty, you definitely want to choose genuine Honda parts. If your vehicle is involved in an accident, choose OEM parts to ensure an accurate fit and safety.
Count on the Rockingham Honda Parts and Service Center
Rockingham Honda is here to help you determine if Honda OEM parts or Honda aftermarket parts are best for your vehicle needs. You can contact our parts department or service department, or order parts online. Be sure to check out our parts special offers as well to ensure you keep your Honda Accord performance or Civic interior stay in top shape!