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When To Consider Aftermarket Parts Over OEM For Your Vehicle

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Replacing parts on your vehicle often means finding parts that fit correctly and are affordable. OE, or original equipment parts, will work properly, but the cost can be significantly more than aftermarket parts. It is essential to know when it is okay to use aftermarket parts on your vehicle and what to look for when buying them. 

Where To Buy Auto Parts

Buying replacement parts for your vehicle can be a little challenging if you have not done it before. Many different auto parts retailers offer parts, but all of them carry aftermarket parts from manufacturers that make more affordable options than the EO parts the dealer sells.

In most cases, any of these auto parts stores can help you select the correct parts for your needs and explain the difference in price and quality if you ask. The majority of aftermarket parts offered in parts shops are high-quality parts that will fit properly, but they may have different warranties and change policies, so it is vital to understand what you are getting when you purchase them.

If you can't find the parts you need at an auto parts store, you may need to call the dealership to see if they have the part or look online and have it shipped. Buying online can be risky because you can't inspect the parts until they arrive, so be sure to check the exchange policy with the vendor before placing your order. 

Checking Your Parts

When buying aftermarket parts from the local parts store, it is a good idea to take the old parts with you so you can match the new and the old parts up to ensure they are the same. You should check any pieces with an electrical connection to ensure the connection point is in the same spot and has the same plug on it, or you may not be able to connect it after installing it.

Pumps and parts with hose connections also need checking to ensure they have the correct hose fittings and are in the same spot. Mounting ears or tabs are also critical; sometimes, the part will be just different enough to make it not line up in the vehicle.

When using aftermarket parts, it is critical to check the details to ensure everything is as you expect and the parts work correctly on your vehicle. While inspecting the parts you are purchasing, check any pulleys on them to be sure they are the right size and use the same belt. For example, if the belt on your car is an eight-rib serpentine belt and a new alternator has a four-rib pulley, installing it in the car will quickly damage the belt.