What Is the Difference Between Acura Parts and Non-Acura Parts?
Let me set the scene for you: You’ve brought your Acura in for it’s usual maintenance, and there’s a part or two that needs replacing. The service technician gives you your options, an OEM part or an after-market part, and you respond with a puzzled look. “What’s an OEM? What does after-market mean? Which one is cheaper? I’ll go with that one.”
Sure, the service staff know what they’re doing and this terminology is simply part of their native language, However, knowing the difference between “OEM parts” and “after-market parts” as a consumer is actually pretty important to know, so I’ll break it down for you.
If you’re a visual person, such as myself, this video will help explain the difference as I compare an Acura air filter to a non-Acura air filter.
OEM stands for original equipment manufactured parts, which are parts that were made specifically for your Acura, made according to your Acura’s specs, and to run perfectly with your Acura’s internal systems. In other words, think of OEM parts as a well-tailored suit made specifically to fit your body (stick with me on this one).
After-market parts are parts designed and developed by a manufacturer other than Acura–a generic part, if you will. These “after-market parts” are not made based on the specs of your Acura and, therefore, are made with materials that don’t meet the quality standards of the OEM parts. Think of after-market parts as a mass-produced suit you bought off the sales rack–it kind-of sort-of fits, but it was cheap, so why not?
Now, let me ask you a question: You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job.You need to dress the part and present your best self. So, are you going to buy the cheap, off-the-rack, loose fitting suit, or are you going to dress for success in the well-tailored suit?
To be honest, OEM parts will cost you more than the after-market version–that’s because they were made according to the exact needs of your Acura with the best materials possible. Investing in luxury, as you do when choosing an Acura, means investing in it’s care. That’s why we personally recommend spending a little more for the OEM parts in order to ensure your Acura runs the way it was built to: perfectly.
You wouldn’t risk landing the dream job you deserve by skimping on your first impression, so don’t risk the continued care of your Acura.