The age old question, ‘Should I buy OEM parts or after-market parts for my Volvo?’ still begs a definitive answer. Read on to see why picking parts might not be so black-and-white.
What’s your verdict on Parts: OEM parts or after-market?
Maintaining a car can be an expensive prospect, especially if you have to order Volvo car parts and wait for them to arrive. Because of this, many drivers opt to use inexpensive aftermarket replacements when maintaining their Volvo vehicle. While this might seem like a good idea on the surface, there can be serious consequences when going for the cheap option when it’s time to take care of your car.
Why Choose Volvo OEM Parts?
The old adage “you get what you pay for” can be especially true when buying replacement parts for your vehicle. There are several reasons why paying a higher cost for Volvo OEM parts now can save you hundreds of dollars:
- Longevity: OEM parts are engineered to the exact specifications of your original factory parts. That means they should have a similar lifespan. Aftermarket parts are often made from substandard materials and frequently require replacement more frequently.
- Fit: Aftermarket parts are designed to fit a variety of models and years. This often means that to get a good fit, the part will need adapters or modifications to fit correctly. Volvo OEM parts are designed for specific makes, models and years, so all you have to do is plug it in and go.
- Protection: Most aftermarket parts come with little or no warranty protection. Unless it shattered when you took it out of the box you have no recourse should the part fail as you’re driving down the road. Thanks to the Volvo Lifetime Replacement Parts and Labor Warranty, however, you have lifetime replacement coverage on any new genuine Volvo replacement parts purchased from and installed by an authorized Volvo dealer. This means you’re protected against any defects in material or workmanship for as long as you own your Volvo.
- Value: Not only do OEM parts give you more functionality for your money, but they also help your vehicle to maintain more of its original resale value, allowing you a greater return on your investments if you decide to treat the vehicle in at some point.
While aftermarket parts and accessories may have their place on your vehicle’s décor, they don’t belong under the hood of a well-maintained Volvo.