Once you own a vehicle, you will naturally set aside a budget for the monthly loan payments, car insurance, and gas. Most people find it difficult to set some of the budget aside for the vehicle’s regular maintenance and other necessary repairs. As a vehicle owner, it’s very important that you keep your car in good condition always, and it’s equally important that you follow the regular maintenance schedules and set aside a budget for the necessary parts and service.
You may encounter a regular maintenance job where the mechanic quotes an extensive and expensive job estimate. One way you can save money is to ask for cheaper aftermarket replacement parts instead of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, which are generally more expensive. However, there may be times when cheaper aftermarket parts will end up costing you more in the long run. Below are some guidelines on when it’s better to use aftermarket parts and when you will need to buy OEM parts.
For regularly scheduled maintenance, there are service intervals that are more expensive than others. Check the vehicle owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendations for the correct types of fluids, filters, and engine oil to use. You can save money by asking your mechanic for aftermarket parts with the same specifications listed in the owner’s manual.
For replacement of wear-and-tear parts, including brake pads, tires, and windshield wipers, aftermarket parts can suffice. However, for brake pads and tires, you have to choose those that can perform as well as or better than the OEM because substandard parts can compromise your car’s performance.
For mechanical parts failure, it’s hard to tell whether aftermarket parts will perform as well as OEMs, even if they have the same specs. When the failure is in the car’s computer and electronics, it is better that you stick to OEMs. For other types of mechanical problems, aftermarket parts from car dealers Edmonton will do fine.
For damage to your car’s body, it’s best to stick to OEMs so that you can be sure that the measurement of the replacement part will fit your vehicle. Aftermarket body parts are known to have slight measurement differences compared with the original. Unless you want difficulty in closing the doors or hood of your car, better buy OEMs from a center for auto sales Edmonton has.
You can go to http://www.auto123.com/en/used-cars/dealers/alberta/edmonton?city=Edmonton&KM=35 if you want to find car dealerships Edmonton has that offer OEMs and aftermarket parts under one roof.