OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts – Making the Tough Decision Easier!

February 10th, 2022 by

We all know life happens. Disaster inevitably strikes. Sometimes we hit a patch of ice and spin out of control. Sometimes we have a sudden stop the person behind us wasn’t ready for. Sometimes your Honda just won’t get in gear. When this happens, we can end up with quite the laundry list of fixes.

From placing an insurance claim to gathering repair estimates to finding an auto collision repair center. Among all those big decisions is the one in which vehicle owners decide to make those repairs using Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts or aftermarket parts.

Now, you’re probably asking what the difference is between an OEM part and an Aftermarket part:

Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts

 OEM parts are designed, engineered, and built by the same automakers who designed, engineered, and built the Honda model itself. When you bring your vehicle into Dave Mungenast Honda Collision Center for repairs they’ll use OEM parts as an official representative of the brand.

Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket parts are replacement parts that have been designed by other companies to help customers save money and provide them with more options.

Now that you understand what each part is comes the decision of which you should choose when repairing your vehicle. Choosing between original and aftermarket parts is all about squaring your priorities with your budget.

Benefits of OEM Parts

When bringing your vehicle into Dave Mungenast Honda Collision Center we use OEM parts. We feature well-stocked parts that are here to provide for all of your automotive needs.

1. Quality Guaranteed

  • This means that your vehicle should look and work exactly as it did before the damage occurred. These parts will be an exact match for your vehicle. The parts we use are crash-tested, unlike many aftermarket parts. OEM parts are designed to match Honda’s standards, this means you won’t have to worry about them affecting your vehicle’s performance or efficiency. Aftermarket parts are known to fail much quicker, additionally, the wear or forced fit can cause poor performance and decrease fuel efficiency.

2.  Longevity of Parts

  • While OEM parts do tend to be more expensive than aftermarket parts, investing in OEM parts can be less expensive in the long run because of their longevity. OEM parts can even increase the operational life of your Honda. You are investing in quality that has potential to last you a very long time. Most OEM parts also come with some sort of warranty. This could be anywhere from 1 – year or more. Each manufacturer is different. Most aftermarket parts do not come with this luxury. They can break again after you’ve installed them, resulting in the purchase of yet another part. Nevertheless, if you receive a faulty or defective part Honda will gladly replace it quickly!

3. Builds a Relationship With Your Technicians

  • When purchasing OEM parts/products you are also investing in Mungenast Honda’s Collision center’s network of support. This helps ensure that your questions are answered by our trained technicians who know the equipment and our Honda’s firsthand.

Our Mungenast Honda Collision and our Parts Center is fully stocked with OEM parts to fit any of your automotive needs. Our parts center is just a quick phone call away! whether you drive a 2019 Honda Accord or a 2022 Honda HRV we welcome you to reach out as your source for all your needed genuine Honda parts. If you prefer one of our factory-trained technicians to repair your vehicle simply schedule an appointment and bring your Honda into your service department and we’ll be glad to handle the task at hand!