If your Japanese vehicle needs a replacement part, there are two choices: an aftermarket part or a genuine factory part. Aftermarket parts are parts that are made by third-party companies that do not manufacture vehicles. On the other hand, genuine factory parts are made by the original manufacturer of your vehicle; these parts are also called Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts.
So, which part type should you choose for your car repair? Here are the pros and cons of each aftermarket and genuine factory parts so you can make an informed decision about which one is right for your Japanese car repair.
Aftermarket parts are made by third-party companies that may or may not have the same standards as Japanese automakers. Generally, these companies make parts for many kinds of vehicles, not just your Japanese car; as a result, they may not be the best choice for your Japanese car repair.
Why are aftermarket parts used at all, then? They can be less expensive than genuine factory parts. Even though you may save money, though, aftermarket parts aren’t designed for your Japanese vehicle and may diminish performance over time, leading to more car repairs. Aftermarket parts may also diminish your Japanese vehicle’s resale value.
Genuine Factory Parts
Genuine factory parts are created by the same company that manufactured your vehicle. This means that genuine factory replacement parts will perfectly fit your Japanese car: the replacement part will be the same as the original.
Additionally, because you know exactly where your genuine factory part comes from — the same Japanese automaker who built your Japanese car — you can trust it will be reliable. Although some third-party, aftermarket part producers are reputable, many are not. Choosing genuine factory parts for your Japanese car repair will likely give you greater peace of mind, and because you know they’re reliable, your Japanese vehicle will need less maintenance and repair in the future.
The Bottom Line
While you may be able to replace minor damaged parts (for example, your vehicle antennae) with aftermarket alternatives, major replacements or significant repairs should be done with genuine factory parts to make the most of your Japanese car repair.
LexService understands the importance of repairing your Japanese car with genuine factory parts. That’s why we only perform replacements with genuine factory parts sold by dealerships; we believe that OEMs are the best way to ensure the longevity and functionality of your Japanese car. At LexService, we only use genuine factory parts when repairing your Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Nissan or other Japanese car.