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Are Genuine Car Parts Better?

Are genuine car parts better?

According to most dictionaries, “genuine” means true and authentic, or in other words, not a fake or counterfeit. When it comes to car parts, genuine can also mean overpriced. Are a manufacturer’s car parts better than alternative auto parts – or just more expensive?

What is a genuine car part?

A genuine part is an auto component that was installed in your vehicle when the vehicle was first manufactured. Genuine parts are more expensive than other types of auto parts.

What are Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts?

OEM parts are built by the company that initially made the parts for the auto manufacturer. The difference between genuine and OEM parts is that OEM parts don’t carry the manufacturer’s logo.

What are aftermarket car parts?

After a car is built, companies can produce parts that are not manufacturer approved or supplied but will work for that vehicle. To do this, they buy the rights to make the parts. Aftermarket parts might look a bit different to genuine or OEM parts, but they perform the function needed to operate the vehicle. Although aftermarket parts usually offer a cheaper alternative without sacrificing quality, not all aftermarket parts are of equal quality.

Are genuine parts better than OEM and aftermarket parts?

Genuine parts are not necessarily better than OEM or aftermarket parts. The OEM parts we supply at Rego’s & More are precisely the same as the parts that came with your car – minus the manufacturer’s logo. OEM parts are just as reliable as genuine parts and offer better value. Just like you can trust OEM parts, you can also rely on aftermarket parts to perform well, however it is important to note that using anything other than OEM parts may void your warranty. It’s worth finding out all the details that apply to your situation.

Why are OEM parts cheaper than genuine parts?

OEM parts are often less expensive because they lack the extended warranty you get with the genuine variety. OEM parts still come with a warranty but it is not as generous.

Avoiding counterfeit car parts

What you definitely want to avoid is counterfeits of any part. According to a Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) investigation, dangerous counterfeit car parts are arriving in Australia concealed in shipments of genuine vehicle parts at an alarming rate. The FCAI’s ‘Genuine is Best’ initiative revealed that two thirds (62 per cent) of the parts purchased in a ‘Test Buy’ program were found to be counterfeit and included 28 types of products including oil filters, air filters, spark plugs, front grilles and keys.

Avoid low-priced car parts

When it comes to car parts, you very much get what you pay for. Steer well clear of eBay sellers who don’t have a proper website and don’t list their phone number. If you are shopping online, always double check the website you are on and who is selling the parts. If you are buying off eBay, check the seller’s parts ratings and whether they have a return policy.

Here at Rego’s & More in Richmond and Windsor, we are experts in a full range of mechanical services.

For more information, give our Richmond team a call on 02 4588 5588 or our Windsor team on 02 4506 0750.

References

  1. https://practicalmotoring.com.au/car-advice/are-genuine-car-parts-best/
  2. https://www.thebalance.com/pros-and-cons-of-aftermarket-car-parts-527122
  3. https://www.whichcar.com.au/car-news/counterfeit-car-parts-australia
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