OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts – What’s the Deal?

April 9th, 2018 by

Assorted Auto Parts

What’s the deal with OEM vs. aftermarket parts, anyway? You may have heard these terms before, but let’s take a minute to understand what the differences are and what it all means to you. At Mazda of Gastonia, we only offer Genuine Mazda dealership parts, and here’s why.

Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts

Let’s break down the jargon first. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” This means that OEM replacement parts are exactly the same as what was originally used. They’re designed and produced by the same brand manufacturer that made your vehicle. The benefits of OEM parts are that they’re easy to find at the dealer, you know they’ll work, and they’re backed with a warranty guarantee. The drawback is that they’re more expensive.

Aftermarket Parts

You can find aftermarket parts at automotive stores and from independent mechanics. The good news is that they can be less expensive. The bad news is that there is usually a huge selection, and it can be difficult to figure out which part is the right one for your car. Aftermarket parts also don’t typically come with a warranty, and they can also void your vehicle’s warranty in some instances. They can be high-quality, but you need to do research to be sure.

Genuine Mazda Dealership Parts

With Genuine Mazda Parts, you’re assured of superior quality and fit, corrosion resistance, warranty coverage, and safety. Every part has been specifically designed and engineered for your Mazda vehicle, so you can be sure that your vehicle is getting the ideal solution. These are the only parts that are covered by your Mazda warranty, so if your car is still under warranty, you definitely want to choose genuine Mazda parts. If your vehicle is involved in an accident, you’ll want to use OEM parts to ensure an accurate fit and safety.

Count on the Mazda of Gastonia Service Center

If you need help deciding between OEM vs. aftermarket parts, Mazda of Gastonia is here for you. Our parts and service department is well-stocked, and our service professionals can tell you all about our specials and help you with whatever you need. Make an appointment online today!

Service Specials

Value Line Front Brake Special
$129.00

Remove OEM pads, replace Front Value Line brake pads, inspect front and rear brake system, add brake fluid, with lifetime limited warranty on Value Line Brake Pads.

Not all vehicles will qualify. See dealer for details.

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Mazda Service Special
Standard Oil
$55.95
Synthetic Oil
$75.95

– Replace engine oil and filter
– Rotate and inspect tires, brake wear
– Check and top off all fluid levels
– Check and adjust tire pressure
– Check exhaust system
– Check constant velocity (CV) boots
– Complete a multi-point inspection
*Synthetic oil extra/Up to 5 Quarts

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Mazda of Gastonia. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

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EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Oil Change Plus
Standard Oil
$19.95
Synthetic Oil
$39.95

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· Change motor oil per specifications
· Install a Genuine Mazda oil filter
· Top off vital fluids
· Complete a multi-point inspection
*Synthetic oil extra/Up to 5 Quarts

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Mazda of Gastonia. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
4-Wheel Alignment Special
$59.95

Poorly aligned wheels wear out tires prematurely and reduce gas mileage. Service includes:
· Inspect/adjust caster, camber and toe-in as applicable
· Inspect suspension and steering linkage
· Check tire wear
· Check tire pressure, adjust as necessary
· Computerized alignment
· Road test

Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Mazda of Gastonia. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020
Front or RearBrake Special
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Use this coupon to receive a special
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*Lifetime Ltd. Warranty on all Genuine
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Plus applicable taxes. Valid only at Mazda of Gastonia. Cannot be used with any other applicable offer. Mazda vehicles only. Some vehicles may be slightly higher. Hazardous waste fee and shop supplies fee if applicable. Please present coupon at time of write-up. No cash value. Coupon expires 07/07/2020

EXPIRES: 07/07/2020

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