Orig­i­nal ver­sus generic car parts

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

LES McMaster, chair­per­son of the Mo­tor In­dus­try Work­shop As­so­ci­a­tion (MIWA), says mo­torists should ed­u­cate themselves about car parts as th­ese can end up cost­ing a for­tune if you don’t know of bet­ter-value al­ter­na­tives to orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­turer (OEM) or gen­uine parts.

“Many mo­torists are duped into be­liev­ing their ve­hi­cle should have noth­ing less than OEM or gen­uine parts. We’ve seen re­cent ad­verts on tele­vi­sion which try to re­in­force this myth, but the truth is, in some cases, af­ter­mar­ket parts are an im­prove­ment on OEM parts.”

Ac­cord­ing to MIWA, mar­ket re­search in­di­cates that the qual­ity of af­ter­mar­ket parts has in­creased over the past decade, rais­ing con­fi­dence among work­shop own­ers, ser­vice tech­ni­cians and mo­torists alike.

“Af­ter­mar­ket parts are a good op­tion, es­pe­cially if your car is three to four years old. Of course, there are in­fe­rior parts out there, but by stick­ing with brands rec­om­mended by a rep­utable, ac­cred­ited work­shop, you can get the same per­for­mance out of af­ter­mar­ket parts ver­sus OEM and gen­uine parts, at a lower cost,” says McMaster.

The rea­son af­ter­mar­ket parts of­ten out-per­form OEM parts, he ex­plains, is that af­ter­mar­ket com­pa­nies an­a­lyse weak­nesses in OEM parts and through a process of re­verse en­gi­neer­ing, they are able to erad­i­cate weak­nesses and flaws.

An­other plus for mo­torists is that there are many com­pa­nies that make af­ter­mar­ket parts – more va­ri­ety means a bet­ter price range for the in­de­pen­dent work­shop owner when sourc­ing parts. — Sup­plied.

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