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Will Dealership Install Aftermarket Parts

Will Dealership Install Aftermarket Parts

The short answer is: Yes, dealerships will and do install aftermarket parts in certain situations, but they generally prefer to use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts.

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When Dealerships Use Aftermarket Parts

Dealerships may install aftermarket parts under the following circumstances:

  • Customer Request: If a customer specifically requests aftermarket parts due to cost or availability reasons, the dealership may oblige.
  • Cost Savings: For non-warranty work, dealerships may use aftermarket parts to reduce costs, especially if the customer is paying out-of-pocket.
  • Part Availability: If an OEM part is backordered or difficult to obtain, the dealership may use an aftermarket alternative to complete the repair promptly.
  • Customer’s Own Parts: Some dealerships allow customers to provide their own aftermarket parts for installation, though policies vary.

Dealerships Prefer OEM Parts

Despite the situations where aftermarket parts may be used, dealerships generally prefer to install OEM parts for several reasons:

  • Warranty Coverage: Using OEM parts helps ensure warranty coverage is maintained for the repair.
  • Quality Assurance: OEM parts are designed and manufactured to meet the automaker’s specifications, providing a guaranteed fit and performance.
  • Liability Concerns: Dealerships may be hesitant to install aftermarket parts due to potential liability issues if the parts fail or cause other problems.
  • Customer Expectations: Many customers expect dealerships to use genuine OEM parts, especially for newer vehicles under warranty.

Should You Use Manufacturer Parts or Aftermarket?

When deciding between OEM and aftermarket parts, consider the following factors:

  • Vehicle Age: For older vehicles out of warranty, aftermarket parts may be a more cost-effective option.
  • Part Type: Safety-critical components like brakes or airbags may warrant the use of OEM parts, while cosmetic parts like body panels could use aftermarket alternatives.
  • Part Quality: Research aftermarket brands and choose reputable manufacturers known for producing high-quality parts.
  • Cost Difference: Weigh the cost savings of aftermarket parts against potential risks or warranty implications.
  • Warranty Status: If your vehicle is still under warranty, using non-OEM parts could void coverage for related components.


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Steve, a seasoned expert in the automotive industry, formerly held a car dealer license in Florida. With extensive experience spanning across car trading and mechanical work, he founded Autohitch. His mission? To guide both buyers and sellers through the intricate maze of car purchasing, ensuring a seamless and informed experience. Outside of the automotive world, Steve has a passion for fishing and capturing the beauty of nature through photography.


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