Your Complete Guide to OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

 

Have you ever wondered about the difference between OEM Kia parts and aftermarket Kia parts? If you haven't done your research, it can be difficult to choose the best options when you're performing repairs and maintenance on your car or SUV.

When you drive with Napleton's Elgin Kia, you never have to play guessing games. Learn the difference between OEM vs. aftermarket parts with our quick and easy guide, and keep your vehicle at its best for years to come! 

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OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts: An Overview

  • Aftermarket parts are often more affordable than OEM options, but only OEM parts are guaranteed to perform just as well as the part you're replacing.
  • Since you may have to replace an aftermarket part more than once, using OEM parts is likely to save you time.
  • You'll have many more options if you look for aftermarket parts, but since there's only one OEM part for each purpose, it's easier to find the right fit with us.
  • Using aftermarket parts might cause your warranty to be voided, or it might affect your vehicle's resale value years down the road.

Why Would I Choose Aftermarket Kia Parts?

Affordability

If you know anything at all about OEM vs. aftermarket parts, you probably know that aftermarket auto parts tend to fall on the more affordable end of the spectrum. While this isn't always the case, many drivers will do whatever they have to in order to cut down on maintenance costs, and so aftermarket Kia parts are a tempting options.

Independent Shops

While affordability is the main reason that drivers near Streamwood and Schaumburg choose aftermarket parts vs. comparable OEM options, it certainly isn't the only one. Although you can pick up any Kia OEM part at our parts department, independent shops are fairly common, and you might be able to find one closer to home.

Variety in Selection

It's also true that aftermarket parts stores tend to offer a wider selection of options. While this variety can sometimes pose additional challenges, some drivers just love having more options.

Why Would I Choose Kia OEM Parts?

Intended by the Manufacturer

A component is designated as a Kia OEM part if it was used in the initial construction of the vehicle. In some cases, it may be made by the vehicle's manufacturer. A third party may do the actual production work in some cases, but in either event, the OEM part is the component which Kia intended your vehicle to use

Here at Napleton's Elgin Kia, we even offer a wide variety of rotating OEM parts specials, so it's even easier to save on genuine parts that you know you can trust. Kia OEM parts and vehicles are made all over the world, and some are even produced right here in North America!

An Exact Fit

So, why would you choose OEM vs. aftermarket parts? It's simple: OEM parts offer an exact fit and guaranteed effectiveness. If you choose an aftermarket part, you could experience declining performance and lower collision safety, or you could end up voiding your warranty! 

Choosing an aftermarket part is always a toss up: You can never be quite sure if it's going to work as well as the part you're replacing. When you choose Kia OEM parts, this worry shouldn't even cross your mind.

No Modifications Necessary

What's more, since aftermarket auto parts might have to be cut or modified in order to fit perfectly on your vehicle, it's easy to make errors while you perform service at home. Even a small imprecision could cause the part to wear out quickly, and that means you may end up having to do the same job, twice. When you purchase Kia OEM parts, they'll last longer because they fit perfectly.

Safety in Selection

For each task which your vehicle has to perform, there is one Kia OEM part that will do the job perfectly, every time. So, instead of spending hours and hours scrolling through online menus, you just select the part you need and get back to the things that really matter

Warranty Coverage

Some aftermarket Kia parts come with a warranty, but many do not! What's more, the frequent use of aftermarket parts could void your warranty, or lead to a loss of long-term value. If you want to ensure that you continue to receive all of the protections offered with your new or CPO Kia vehicle, sticking to the parts that were designed for it is always a good idea.

Get Your Kia OEM Parts with Napleton's Elgin Kia

Our team wants to give you all the tools you need to carry out repairs and maintenance at home! That's why we've made it easy to order Kia OEM parts online, using a single, simple form. 
Still have questions about OEM vs. aftermarket parts? Interested in having your work done by the experts? Contact our parts experts or schedule service here today!

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