What's the difference between OEM parts and aftermarket parts?
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What Is the Difference Between OEM and Aftermarket Parts?

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OEM is short for "Original Equipment Manufacturer," which means that OEM parts are either made by Subaru or by a supplier that's been officially authorized by Subaru. These are the parts that were in your Subaru when it rolled off the production line, and they're also the same parts you'll find at an authorized Subaru dealership.

Aftermarket parts are different in that you don't really know what you're getting. Most generic parts retailers will tell you that they're parts are 'like OEM' but this doesn't mean that they've been approved by the manufacturer.

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Why Choose OEM Parts Over Aftermarket Parts?

Factory certification counts for a lot. There are many aftermarket parts that are high in quality, to be sure--but there are also many aftermarket parts that are cheap and prone to breaking easily or not lasting very long. Without official authorization by Subaru, you can never really be sure what you're getting. You could be fine, or you could get a part that compromises your safety or ends up damaging your vehicle. Is it really worth the risk?

Subaru stands behind its OEM parts. Unlike many aftermarket parts, they're backed up by a warranty that covers any factory defects, unlikely though they may be. This is one of the reasons why the factory warranty recommends using OEM parts whenever possible.

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Why Do Some People Use Aftermarket Parts?

Since aftermarket parts haven't died out, there must be some benefit they offer. That benefit is price. Aftermarket parts are often (but not always) cheaper than OEM parts--however, it's important to realize that there are hidden costs to aftermarket parts that may make you pay more in the long run. If you take a chance on aftermarket parts, you may get a part that has a much shorter lifespan than the OEM part it's intending to replace. This means that you'll have to replace it more often, costing you more in the long run. In the end, OEM parts usually end up being better for your wallet as well as being better for your Subaru.

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