Take your vehicle into a dealership for service and you’ll experience a number of distinct benefits. Properly trained technicians with lots of experience, up-to-date equipment, and a professional atmosphere—you should expect all of these advantages when you visit a dealership for service.
Another facet of dealership service has to do with the kind of parts used during the repair or maintenance. A lot of independent shops will use what are called aftermarket parts, defined as any part not made by your vehicle’s manufacturer. On the other hand, dealerships use OEM parts (stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer). These parts are made by the same automaker that built your vehicle.
What are the advantages of using OEM parts? Whatever part is being installed, it was designed and manufactured with the same exact specs, the same exact design—and, oftentimes, at the same location as the part it is replacing.
Another benefit is that when it comes to aftermarket parts, there are usually a number of competitors. Which one is better? It can be very difficult to tell and so it’s very difficult to have the same kind of confidence as you would have with an OEM part.