When you need service or repairs performed on your vehicle, the term “OEM” may drift up from somewhere deep in the nether regions of your mind. The moniker stands for “Original Engine Manufacturer,” and some automotive geeks insist that it’s all you should use in your ride.
OEM parts are, as the name suggests, produced (and endorsed) by the same brand that built your vehicle. They have some obvious benefits; you can be certain that they will fit and work optimally with all the other pieces in your machine. But they can also be more expensive. Should you insist that OEM parts be used when you have your car serviced?
We recommend using OEM parts when your vehicle is serviced because they are the safest, highest quality parts. They will be the best fit available for your particular vehicle. They will also be easier to choose, because there is likely only one option for each part you need.
Benefits of OEM Parts in Vehicle Service
When using OEM parts, quality is assured in more ways than one. Many automakers provide a one-year warranty on their OEM parts. In addition, the trained and certified service team at the OEM dealership will stand by their labor and provide support if something goes wrong.
To get OEM parts, the easiest option is to go to a dealership’s official service department (such as, for example, ours here at Pohanka Honda!) This will ensure OEM parts are being used in your vehicle.
Independent service shops typically use aftermarket parts. While not all aftermarket parts are bad, they do vary in quality much more than OEM. This means there’s greater risk in their use, and more research should be used to determine if the parts being used are actually right for your vehicle.