Why go OEM?
When you bring your vehicle to our dealership's service department for repairs, you know you're getting Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts. However, if you take your car to an independent shop, you'll most likely get aftermarket car parts. An aftermarket part is any part for a vehicle that is not sourced from the car's maker; about 80 percent of independent shops use aftermarket parts.
Here are a few things to look out for in regards to Aftermarket Parts;
Quality varies greatly: The saying "you get what you pay for" rings true here. Some aftermarket parts are inferior because of the use of lower-quality materials. Stick with OEM parts you're familiar with or are recommended by a mechanic you trust, even if these parts cost a bit more.
Overwhelming selection: If you're not familiar with aftermarket brands, the selection could be overwhelming, and there's some chance you may get a bad quality part. Even a part as simple as a spark plug can be made by dozens of different companies and comes in numerous variations. Stick with the OEM part!
May not have a warranty: To keep costs down, most aftermarket parts are sold without a warranty.
Here are some reasons why to go OEM;
- Easier to choose your part: If you go to the parts counter at a dealership and ask for any part, you'll usually get one type. You don't have to worry about assessing the quality of different brands and prices.
- Greater assurance of quality: The OEM part will work exactly as the one you are replacing. It is what the vehicle was manufactured with and provides a peace of mind in its familiarity and performance.
- Comes with a warranty: Kia backs up their OEM parts with a warranty. And if you get your car repaired at Kia, we will stand by our labour as well.
Remember all aftermarket parts are not created equal - but all OEM parts are!