Besides who you hire to care for your Audi, the parts you use to replace older, failing parts can make a huge difference in the quality of repair. As an informed driver, it is important to know what options are available for you and your Audi when it comes to replacement parts. This article will go over the differences between OEM and aftermarket parts, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of both.
The Basics of OEM and Aftermarket Parts
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing the right shop and course of reparative action for your Audi is to think about what kind of replacement parts will be used should the occasion arise. There are several different types of replacement parts to choose from, including original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts or aftermarket parts. There are benefits and drawbacks to both, and it’s important to know what your options are.
Performing repairs or maintenance on an Audi requires a high level of skill, expertise, and quality of work as well as replacement parts. Usually luxury cars such as Audis utilize OEM parts that are typically purchased through the same dealership where the car was obtained and guaranteed/certified by the manufacturer, whereas aftermarket parts are available to the public. Unfortunately, drivers’ options are limited, but there are other things to consider when it comes to OEM and aftermarket parts.
Benefits and Drawbacks of OEM Parts
Depending on the nature of the repair/replacement, OEM parts might work better for your Audi. These are the most salient factors that apply to OEM parts that you should know about:
- Align with Audi manufacturer standards – OEM parts are of the exact same quality as the original part.
- Certified by manufacturers – these parts are guaranteed by manufacturers to meet the same standards and qualifications of the original parts.
- Usually high quality – OEM parts are designed to replace high quality parts with the exact same design and function.
- Usually always available – it is rare for manufacturers to stop carrying parts, but usually OEM parts can be ordered through your dealership or Audi specialist.
- Can be more expensive – aftermarket parts tend to be cheaper versions of OEM parts, but sometimes the extra expense is worth the quality of part.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Aftermarket Parts
Aftermarket parts tend to get a bad wrap for not being true to the high standards of luxury manufacturers; however, they can be a good option for drivers who don’t have the time to wait for special-ordered parts or need a less-expensive fix.
- Less expensive – aftermarket parts tend to be less costly than OEM parts and usually serve the same function just as well.
- Available to everyone –you can usually walk into any automotive part store and usually pick up an aftermarket part for your Audi; however, some parts may not be available over-the-counter.
- Not manufacturer-approved – the Audi manufacturer has not approved or “certified” aftermarket parts to be used as replacements for OEM parts.
- May be less effective or inferior – just because they’re accessible and generally affordable doesn’t mean they’ll be the right solution or fit for your Audi’s performance issue!
- May replace a defective OEM part – in the case that the original part in your Audi is defective or wasn’t designed well, an aftermarket part may be your only viable option.
What You Can Do to Ensure the Highest Standard of Care
Adequately taking care of your Audi requires diligence and commitment to finding the best options available in car parts as well as choosing the right shop to handle your Audi’s repairs and maintenance. Here are a few suggestions for keeping your car in good condition year-round:
- Hire an Audi specialist
- Ask about what kinds of replacement parts your shop uses
- Follow your Audi’s scheduled maintenance plan
- Research your options with each repair
Here at European Motor Cars, we specialize in European imports like Audi and provide our clients with only the highest quality options in replacement parts. As the leading dealership alternative for drivers in Summerlin, Spring Valley, and Las Vegas, NV, we provide the same quality of specialized care and parts, but at a much more affordable rate. If you’d like to learn more about our qualifications or the replacement parts we use in our shop, please contact one of our helpful professionals today.
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