Owning a car comes with an array of responsibilities such as proper service and maintenance. When the car needs repairs, what do you opt for – Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts or generic parts?
OEM parts are those that are specifically made for the make and model of your car. Generic parts, on the other hand, are manufactured by a third party and may or may not necessarily be the right fit for your vehicle.
Gumtree outlines the features of both, so you can choose what is right for you.
- When buying branded products at a grocery store or boutique, you know you are paying the extra buck for name recognition. This is the case with OEM parts too, which are more expensive than generic parts.
- You can weigh the cost of using OEM or generic parts against the value of your vehicle. For example, if you drive a standard low to mid-range brand, you can be motivated to buy the cheaper car part. However, if you drive a high-end luxury car brand, it is recommended to buy OEM parts that may be a bit pricier. Using generic parts in this case can affect the resale value and warranty of the car.
- Using OEM parts guarantee that your vehicle will function properly, resulting in cost savings in the long run. With generic parts, however, there is a possibility that they may not work as well.
- Choosing generic parts can give you a wider selection of parts, which is beneficial if you are looking to repair an older car for which you cannot find parts anymore.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find car parts and information close to home.