When you perform repairs on your personal vehicle, you have the choice of ordering Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) car parts or purchasing aftermarket car parts. If you get repairs done at the local dealership repair shop, the chances are good that they will use OEM parts whenever possible. So what’s the difference between OEM parts and aftermarket car parts? Can you save money? Will the parts be just as good? Are there any situations where you should insist on OEM parts?
When you visit LaCava Brothers Auto Parts in Fall River, MA you have a choice in the parts that you buy for your repair job. In fact, you can even use our Parts Lookup tool and choose from multiple brand names based on the make and model of your vehicle. We have a large stock of parts available at our auto supply in Fall River, but if we do not have your part in stock, we can order it for you right away. It is important to work with a trusted and reliable local auto parts store if you do a lot of home repairs.
What is an Aftermarket Part?
The term “aftermarket” is used to describe a part that is made to be used in the repair of a vehicle that does not come specifically from the manufacturer, such as Toyota parts for Toyota vehicles or Chevrolet parts for Chevrolet vehicles. In some situations, OEM parts that come from the manufacturer are required to ensure that your vehicle’s warranty is not voided. However, if that is not an issue or concern, many quality companies make parts designed to function and fit the same that you can buy to use for your repairs. In fact, in some cases, the aftermarket parts function even better than the original parts from the manufacturer.
Independent studies reveal that approximately 80 percent of professional independent car repair shops use aftermarket parts. LaCava Brothers Auto Supply in Fall River sells to individuals who want to perform repairs at home, but we also sell to professional repair shops in the Southeastern Massachusetts area, providing them with quality products. Just like any other product that you can purchase, there is a difference between high-quality aftermarket parts and cheap or low-quality aftermarket parts. It is important to do a little bit of research to make sure you are making the best choice.
The More You Know
If you decide to use aftermarket parts to repair your vehicle, there are a few things that you need to know. Not all aftermarket parts are created equal, so you will need to assess which parts are best for the repair. You can do some research online, speak with local mechanics, or even talk with the dealer about recommended brands. You can save some money on your repair by choosing aftermarket parts, but it is important to purchase a quality part. When you visit LaCava Brothers to check out our selection of Fall River auto parts and services, don’t be afraid to ask our helpful team members about the parts that we have available.
There are certain times when you should insist on getting OEM parts, such as making repairs after a collision. The reason for this is that many of the aftermarket body panels may not fit your vehicle as well as the OEM parts. They might not even have the same ratings for crash safety, and that’s something you don’t want to mess around with on your vehicle. However, because many body repair shops use aftermarket parts for collision repairs, so once again the quality of the parts will influence what is approved by insurance companies and used to make the repairs. At least when the body shop is doing the repairs, you won’t have to make those decisions on your own.
Auto Parts in Fall River, MA
Whenever you need parts for vehicle repairs or maintenance, you can trust the quality parts and options available at LaCava Brothers Auto Supply in Fall River. Our auto parts store has been providing quality parts and services to customers in the Greater Fall River and Southeastern Massachusetts region for over 70 years. You can count on our friendly customer service and take advantage of the wide variety of parts available through our Parts Lookup tool. When you shop at LaCava Brothers, you are buying your auto parts in Fall River, MA where the professionals shop. We provide services to individual customers and professional clients alike. Give us a call at 508-676-1951 or stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River, Massachusetts.