As your Subaru ages, so do the parts that work together to keep it running at its optimal performance. When this occurs, and it’s time for a visit to your local Subaru repair shop to replace your Subaru’s part. Should you choose OEM parts or aftermarket parts?
Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, parts are just what they say: replacement parts that are made directly by the manufacturer for your Subaru. These parts are the same parts that were originally installed in your Subaru when it left the factory. Aftermarket parts are replacement parts that are made by a supplier, not the vehicle’s manufacturer.
Quality, Pricing & Warranty
OEM parts have been tested and approved by the manufacturer for quality and safety, and stick to high standards that aftermarket parts don’t typically meet, plus OEM parts generally come with a warranty, whereas aftermarket parts do not.
Although aftermarket parts tend to be less expensive, quality is usually not as good and could end up costing you more in the long run if the part is defective or doesn’t hold up—and without a warranty that could mean more money you will have to dish out of your pocket.
Compatibility & Availability
For maximum performance in your Subaru, the safest way is to go with a part that will fit your Subaru properly. Since, OEM parts were designed specifically by the manufacturer, you know they will fit accordingly, whereas aftermarket parts may not be compatible.
Another thing to consider with aftermarket parts, is that there are more available to choose from, which can be frustrating and confusing for you when purchasing. To avoid the confusion, OEM parts are in your best interest, so you can feel confident knowing they’re going to work.
In the end, choosing OEM parts or aftermarket parts for your Subaru is really up to you.
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