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Aftermarket Parts vs Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Parts

Fleet Alternator Starter primarily sells Aftermarket Parts with a few offerings of OEM Parts. These are clearly identified and in the descriptions.

Aftermarket Parts
An aftermarket part is any part for equipment that is not sourced from the equipments maker. A number of companies make parts designed to function the same, or in some cases even better than the original.

Less expensive: Aftermarket parts are usually less expensive than OEM parts; how much you save varies by supplier
Some aftermarket parts are inferior because of the use of lower-quality materials. Our alternators and starters are designed, manufactured and tested to meet OEM specifications

OEM Parts
OEM parts are sourced by the equipments manufacturer. These match the parts that came with the equipment when it rolled off the assembly line.

Easier to choose your part: If you go to the parts counter at a dealership and ask for any part, you'll usually get one type. You don't have to worry about assessing the quality of different brands and prices.
Greater assurance of quality: The OEM part should work exactly as the one you are replacing. It is what the equipment was manufactured with and provides a peace of mind in its familiarity and performance.
More expensive: OEM parts will usually cost more than an aftermarket part. OEM parts tend to cost about 2-5 times more.
Need to be bought at the dealership: Even though there are other ways of buying OEM parts (eBay, online wholesalers), most people will go to a dealership to buy their car parts.  This limits the number of places you can buy from.
Quality may not be superior: You paid the extra money for an OEM part, hoping that it was vastly better than an aftermarket part. But that may not always be the case. Some aftermarket parts are equal to or in some cases better than OEM parts. So you might be paying extra just for the name.

Which Is the Best Way To Go?
All aftermarket parts are not created equal — but all OEM parts are. This creates its own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you're familiar with equipment, repair and installation, aftermarket parts can save you a lot of money. If you're not familiar with equipment, repair and installation, prefer to have everything done at the dealership and don't mind paying a bit extra for that peace of mind, OEM is a good choice for you.

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