Are All Aftermarket Parts the Same?

It’s easy to think that if you come across a part that looks exactly like another part that they are, for all intents and purposes, the same.
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It’s easy to think that if you come across a part that looks exactly like another part that they are, for all intents and purposes, the same. After all, a lot of people think seeing is believing. It is also true that your eyes can deceive you. You have to understand and always remember that in the automotive world, the difference between a fraction of a millimeter can have a tremendous effect on the performance of the part.

Indeed in many situations, that seemingly small difference can mean the difference between the early death or long life of your car. No joke. I wish it was otherwise. This is the real story behind the aftermarket revolution. A lot of aftermarket parts manufacturers have flooded the global market for car parts with all sorts of similar looking products and this is where the danger is.

It’s too easy to just zero in on a product that looks “similar” enough. As long as the price is right, you’re in. Guess what, you might have just signed the early death warrant of your car. No. I’m not exaggerating nor am I being melodramatic. It all boils down to measurements and if you do not do business with an aftermarket manufacturer that actually uses original equipment specs, you are rolling the dice as far as the health of your car goes.

Please understand that you can’t trust your eyes when it comes to car parts. You can’t just ‘eyeball’ car parts and say ‘good enough.’ It’s very tempting to think along these lines if the difference between OEM and aftermarket parts is quite huge. We’re talking 30 to even 90 percent! Sadly, you’ll find out the hard way why the aftermarket part you got-by solely relying on the price difference-turned out to be such a ‘bargain’ in the first place.

Make no mistake about it-if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If the car part you get is so cheap, you might want to think twice. Seriously. No joke. Why? You have to just wonder what accounts for such a profound difference. Did the manufacturer cut corners? Did they use inferior materials? Did they blow through quality control? Regardless of the specific question you ask yourself, you need to ask what accounts for the price difference. It’s not like OEM manufacturers just pull a price out of the thin blue air. There are serious engineering and economical reasons why their parts cost the way they do. You need to know the answer to this very quickly. Otherwise, the risk of you or your loved ones putting yourselves in harm’s way grows exponentially.

Your best bet would be to find the very best aftermarket producer. Sure, this company might not produces the lowest cost items but you get something in return for the premium you pay-piece of mind.

If you are buying a very crucial piece like transmission part or an engine part, you might even be putting your life in your own hands. Make no mistake about it. A lot of people have died using the wrong aftermarket parts. Choose wisely.