Do you drive a used or CPO Ford vehicle? Whether you own a heavy-duty Ford F-150 or a fuel-efficient Ford Focus, using genuine parts is equally important. While it’s easy to visit any general auto store or third-party chain and find cheap aftermarket parts, you could be doing your vehicle — and your pocketbook — a disservice. Below, you’ll find more information on genuine Ford parts, what they are, and why they’re important.
What Are Ford OEM parts?
OEM is an acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer. If a Ford part is “OEM,” it was designed and manufactured by Ford for Ford models — and no others. Aftermarket parts, however, are different; they’re produced by third-party manufacturers to fit a variety of makes and models. For this reason, aftermarket parts are often less expensive than OEM parts, and the selections are much larger.
The problem with aftermarket parts is that they don’t always fit properly, and because they’re produced en masse, the quality of the materials used is often inferior. OEM Ford parts are designed to fit Ford vehicles, whether they’re installed under the hood or in plain sight. While you may enjoy immediate savings on an aftermarket part, chances are you’ll have to replace it much sooner than you would an OEM Ford part.
What Are the Benefits of Ford OEM Parts?
Let’s talk more in-depth about the advantages of choosing OEM Ford parts over aftermarket parts. Here’s a look at the ways in which OEM parts are superior:
- Reliability: Aftermarket parts are usually produced cheaply, which is why they’re more affordable than OEM. This means aftermarket parts often fail more easily, creating possible safety risks and racking up parts replacement costs.
- Performance: Ford OEM parts are made specifically for Ford vehicles. They offer the best possible fit and long-lasting performance.
- Options: Aftermarket parts are available for virtually every car brand. This means the selection can be overwhelming. When you buy OEM, you can walk right into a dealer’s parts center and tell them what you need or order it online. No need to shop around and compare prices or specs.
- Ford Parts Warranty: OEM Ford parts are covered by a 2-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, giving you peace of mind as you cruise through Reading or travel across the state.
- Warranty Coverage: If your car is still protected under warranty, you may void your coverage if you use an aftermarket part that causes damage.
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