Let's Talk about OEM vs Aftermarket


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  • F A
    F A  1 weeks back

    I have found that with a little research you can usually find out who contracted to build the original oem part. You can usually buy oem quality aftermarket parts by using this technique. This works well for American made cars. For imports I talk directly with the parts distributor as far as warranty and return rates for defects. Usually there are two levels of parts quality. Cheap and oem. I always choose the higher warranty item. Usually you have a choice of 12 months / 12,000 miles which is the minimum legal warranty or lifetime warranty. I usually buy the lifetime warranty part. I also avoid cheap Chinese copies of quality parts. Hope this helps others. And in reality oem is usually much higher quality than a Chinese copy.

    • L5Rocks
      L5Rocks  2 weeks back

      Buy a Honda/Toyota. Only needs little things that usually aren't important can be found on Rock auto as long as you don't buy the cheapest part.

      • Andrew Finley
        Andrew Finley  2 weeks back

        Right on the money.

        • Joni English
          Joni English  2 weeks back

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          • Ralf Bürkler
            Ralf Bürkler  2 weeks back

            How much did the throttle body you end up putting in the car cost?

            • Joe's Auto Electric
              Joe's Auto Electric   2 weeks back

              I actually don't remember, but I want to say it was like 150 used.

          • Santiago C
            Santiago C  3 weeks back

            This is so common now today everyone wants the cheapest fix and internet crap,even some auto parts store's crap parts my answers to my customers is no problem ill install your parts but no warranty and if its bad i will charge you again for the labor.. No tech can stand behind the junk out there today. I give options oe or aftermarket and let them know if, just if the part doesn't work we will have to go oe and they would have to be prepared for that.. Great video bro.

            • Brad Shutler
              Brad Shutler  3 weeks back

              OEM vs aftermarket? I will in general choose OEM knowing full well the parts will cost more. In my experience especially with 4x4's that take a lot of abuse, the OEM parts take the abuse far better than most aftermarket parts. I do however have many quality aftermarket parts on my Tacoma I bought new in "95" most are quite expensive. Research, interacting with others and hands on experience taught me this. I do realize most people do not have the time, money, passion or desire to do this for years to make the assessments I have come to. On line dealer pricing has become quite competitive and the OEM prices have come down quite a bit on many parts. Now days every thing is expensive.

              • Rich Helm
                Rich Helm  3 weeks back

                In my experience, there are always issues with aftermarket parts, be it an electric window mechanism, ( usuall have to modify to fit), something as basic as a handbrake cable, ( never 100% match) or worse, engine management components ( inferior or dont perform correctly). Theres a reason OE parts cost more people... they fit & work as intended! Absolutely Joe, getting this through to customers is not easy & frustrating. Great channel!

                • Dave Deville
                  Dave Deville  3 weeks back

                  I have felt the pain you describe brother. There really is no solution that I have found other than not to deal with customers that don't trust me. If they want to buy the part then they can install it after they watch some videos on the internet. Don't waste time with people who think they are smarter than you because they can work a smart phone. My best customers only have two questions: 1.) How much?, and 2.) When will it be ready? anything beyond that is an uphill battle that can not be won. Sometimes it's better to just be an [email protected]#hole with people who give the beady eyes after the quote, less stress on your day in the end.

                  • demonkster
                    demonkster  3 weeks back

                    This is good info. Thank you for that. I'm always open to aftermarket but only if it's a proven brand and are clearly better than the OEM part in question. It sounds like many haven't yet learned that buying stuff from the "interweb" is not always a good idea.

                    • Henna Kyu
                      Henna Kyu  3 weeks back

                      Been in service industry (industrial machines) for about a couple of decades here... you're spot on with educating the customers. Establishing realistic expectations is perhaps the key here. Also as I am sure you already know, not all operators (in your case motorists) necessarily know how their equipment actually works 'under-the-hood', so if the customer is receptive, giving a little tutoring on how to properly operate the equipment can definitely help them make them better operators and reduce chances of having silly issues in their equipment... and... probably also make your fix last longer. ;)

                      • Henna Kyu
                        Henna Kyu  3 weeks back

                        ​@Joe's Auto Electric Thx... yep... exactly... builds customer trust which results in customer loyalty.. a well-rounded win-win for sure.

                      • Joe's Auto Electric
                        Joe's Auto Electric   3 weeks back

                        Very wells aid. I spend extra time with customers to show them and inform them of things. It is far better to have a customer who understand what is being done and why than someone who is not sure if they are being ripped off because nothing is explained.

                    • Big J Morales
                      Big J Morales  3 weeks back

                      Facts o e m

                      • Kashatnic K
                        Kashatnic K  3 weeks back

                        Its the same everywhere, you see people ask what's wrong with their computers without giving any pertinent information as if you could just read their minds. Just means that because the average IQ is 100, there are a disturbing number below that mark.

                        • joemar neal
                          joemar neal  3 weeks back

                          I agree, also gaskets and seals are sometimes missing from the eBay, amazon boxes.

                          • Ауто камере Србија / Dash cams Serbia

                            Only if you buy some no-name, or shitty company aftermarket parts. There are reputable aftermarket parts manufacturers that make good quality parts. Many of them are used as OEM by the car manufacturers.

                          • noxxi knox
                            noxxi knox  3 weeks back

                            I can attest to this, cheap ball joints wore out after a year, my driveshafts popped out and left me stranded on a busy roundabout.
                            I replaced with lemforder control arms.
                            Aftermarket is fine, but youve got to pay for the quality parts, or youl pay for them later.

                            • Retrocade Podcast
                              Retrocade Podcast  3 weeks back

                              Junkyard for OEM parts is a good option. I'd take a used OEM over a new aftermarket Chinese junk. Denso for my Supras all the way.

                              • Alessandro Guarda
                                Alessandro Guarda  3 weeks back

                                It always comes down to the manufacturer. There are parts that can be fixed (personally did already twice with my Mercedes S203 steering angle sensor), parts that can be replaced with good aftermarket brands (think about Valeo clutches for instance, or Brembo brake pads and disks), and parts that are vital to be genuine (mainly for electronic). Then there is the 2nd hand market, which is a valid source too.

                                • Richard 1
                                  Richard 1  3 weeks back

                                  $100? For a supposed reman? No wonder its dead out the box.

                                  • Richard 1
                                    Richard 1  3 weeks back

                                    Throttle Body woes. I have been there. Thank you. Great Video

                                    • Bruce Peebles
                                      Bruce Peebles  3 weeks back

                                      My local trusted mom-n-pop shop has a FIRM policy. "You dont take a slab of meat into a steakhouse and I do not install parts you supply" I fully understand this position and know they will always treat me right. I even buy tires from them (at slightly higher cost) rather than pay some chain-store place for tires.

                                      • Smooth Rider
                                        Smooth Rider  3 weeks back

                                        I feel your frustration.

                                        • Brian trerotola
                                          Brian trerotola  3 weeks back

                                          Some stuff it's ok to go aftermarket some stuff it's not? But no shop can warranty parts you bring them? And the labor is gonnabe on you both ways if it comes down to it!

                                          • Brian trerotola
                                            Brian trerotola  3 weeks back

                                            @Joe's Auto Electric good video bro. The one thing most people looking to go the cheapest way possible is common sense! Than they'll tell you you didn't fix my shit! And they get mad at you when you tell them no it's the junk parts you'r trying to make me use!

                                          • Joe's Auto Electric
                                            Joe's Auto Electric   3 weeks back

                                            Yes, some aftermarket parts will work, some will not, that is not myopinion...it is a fact.

                                        • Mike Furlong
                                          Mike Furlong  3 weeks back

                                          In my experience, aftermarket parts follow a 70:25:5 pattern-
                                          70% of the time they are perfectly fine
                                          25% of the time they can be serviceable with some minor rework- deburring, changing connector types, etc.
                                          5% of the time the part is pure junk and goes straight in the bin.

                                          Incidentally- as a manufacturing engineer I can say that about 60% of the parts made by tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers into automotive companies are made somewhere in Asia. It's just the way of the world these days. OEM or not, there's a good chance your part was made in China. The only major difference is that typically the OEM parts pass some sort of quality / acceptance control.

                                          • selador11
                                            selador11  3 weeks back

                                            Customer: My car won't crank. How much is it to fix?
                                            Me: What color is the car?

                                          • William Black
                                            William Black  3 weeks back

                                            I’m experiencing similar problems with a used Lexus I bought I’ve replaced both knock sensors and wire harness ( very hard to get to)
                                            I used a good after market sensor ( standard ) still same codes luckily my brother in-law is professional mechanic he said order OEM knock sensor because Toyota/Lexus computers are to sensitive
                                            Even good after market sensors won’t work

                                            Car’s were just better and easier to work on before computers

                                            • Joe's Auto Electric
                                              Joe's Auto Electric   3 weeks back

                                              Aftermarket parts are not made to the same standard...or rather specifications as OEM in many instances, therefore they do not perform properly. I tell this to people and they say I  am trying to rob them. Can't win man.

                                          • twuker1
                                            twuker1  3 weeks back

                                            you’re right

                                            • dj marky.j
                                              dj marky.j  3 weeks back

                                              I just looked at a 2019 BMW X5 needed rear brakes sensor went off
                                              Cust was online google etc
                                              Brings me pads from Autozone no sensor cheap pads
                                              I explained the situation to the guy, he kept telling me he was going to do his homework . Dude bye go somewhere else

                                              • Joe's Auto Electric
                                                Joe's Auto Electric   3 weeks back

                                                had the same thing happen to us with a  euro. He asked me about bringing his own parts. I told him we don't install customer parts. He said ok, then show sup with the pads, and shows me that they are "great quality". I said, maybe, but where's the sensor? He asks me to please buy the parts I need and fix it. LOL

                                            • David Gonzalez
                                              David Gonzalez  4 weeks back

                                              unfortunately you have dirtbag mechanics who throw a $100-$200 on top of the part price so you cant blame the people today to try to find a good deal. back then they didnt have options now they do. You gotta pay for the price of dirtbag mechanics. when it comes to electric things for vehicles I only go oem its always less problems especially for sensors and coil packs!

                                              • Cool Blue
                                                Cool Blue  4 weeks back

                                                Sure we all have choices This dude is trying to justify why he is so expensive ..Ive frequently bought cheap parts from a source with good feedback and its always been good What a num nuts

                                              • mark price
                                                mark price  4 weeks back

                                                sensible video. In the 50s and 60s a set of points to control ignition where between 1-3 dollars ...and you you could file them in a pinch during a rainstorm. no more. You have to pay for what you get but you don't always get what you pay for. Working on cars was fun back then. Are we better off now when a dashboard "light bulb" costs 450 dollars?

                                                • Joe's Auto Electric
                                                  Joe's Auto Electric   4 weeks back

                                                  I think in some ways we are better off, however, they have pushed far too much BS into the vehicles now. Instead of a switch and relay we have a switch with Comm lines to a module to do the same crap and last 1/4 the time.

                                              • q7wasp7
                                                q7wasp7  4 weeks back

                                                You could have made this video last only 30 seconds.

                                              • jim jam
                                                jim jam  4 weeks back

                                                one last thing- it also depends who the oem is??? chrysler, gm, renault, jag, etc... they come from the factory as junk, no quality to begin with, so, even the oem parts from them will not last....................lol.

                                                • Chuck Mcnab
                                                  Chuck Mcnab  4 weeks back

                                                  How many people have you killed?

                                                  • jim jam
                                                    jim jam  4 weeks back

                                                    btw- best to go with new and not refurbished, unless it is a simple refurbished part, something that just needs new seals or what not, if you can't get the seals or what not by itself, to do yourself. it's all about trust.

                                                    • jim jam
                                                      jim jam  4 weeks back

                                                      well, it's just a crap shoot, 50/50 shot at something working or not, whether it's oem or after, it all depends, but you do have better odds with oem, if they are not compromised in anyway, just more pricey, it's a shame everything has to do with inflation.

                                                      • Art Warmanen
                                                        Art Warmanen  4 weeks back

                                                        I will never buy a Battery for my Harley Davidson on Amazon again. It lasted about ten day, before it shorted out. I reinstalled the Interstate battery I took off. That battery had been on the motorcycle since 8-2012. Got a month out of it, now won't hold a charge.

                                                        • Alessandro Guarda
                                                          Alessandro Guarda  3 weeks back

                                                          There is no problem buying a battery (or whatever) from Amazon or eBay. BUT you must buy good branded ones. MY Suzuki TL ran for 12 years with the genuine one. Now it is running from 5 years with an UniBat I got from eBay at 1/3 of the cost of a Yuasa.
                                                          But UniBat isn't a random unknown brand: it's an Italian manufacturer that also sponsors the Gresini Aprilia racing team (that runs in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3). You are just avoid the extra cost of the famous brand. More or less like purchasing a Rolex diver watch at 8k vs an Oris watch at 2k

                                                      • Iolis
                                                        Iolis  4 weeks back

                                                        That does 'OEM' stand for?

                                                      • Fredrik Larsson
                                                        Fredrik Larsson  4 weeks back

                                                        I have traded quite a lot on Ebay with really good results. But my guess is that a lot of people don't do the Very Important Reading. That's the customers's comments and rating. The way Ebay works, I'd say you can buy only from sellers with 4.9 out of 5 in rating, and you just can't get that rating without doing it really, really well. But if you just compare prices you can't expect the lowest price to return your money's worth. And of course no garage should promise anything of they haven't bought the parts themselves. You can't pay for other's mistakes.

                                                        • Nick Name
                                                          Nick Name  4 weeks back

                                                          we have a tradition here in Germany, most of us gets their car inspected a lot. Shop changes and stores our tires,... scheduled in Oktober, plus Winter check, Oil Changes 2-4 visits. The Mechanic has the car at least every 3 months in the shop and... there is the ServiceShedle another yearly Appointment. Expensive repairs... never ... and the maintenance costs are not high... it is more expensive to wait until your car brakes down. The Shop also inspects every car i intend to buy...

                                                          • Ash
                                                            Ash  4 weeks back

                                                            After market parts are generally trash. Chinese made parts are ALL trash.

                                                            • Alessandro Guarda
                                                              Alessandro Guarda  3 weeks back

                                                              This just isn't true. Where do you think most of the vehicle parts are produced? BMW now produces there even their engines (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QisIZW7qMBE)!
                                                              You just need to know what you're buying, Chinese or not.

                                                          • Melvin Shupe
                                                            Melvin Shupe  4 weeks back

                                                            I believe that when the garage buys the OEM part that is needed they get the part for less than I can get the same OEM part for then they tack on an additional cost for the part plus the $100 or more per hour for labor and I don't feel that is right but I agree with what you are saying too.

                                                          • C King
                                                            C King  4 weeks back

                                                            I know the manufacture of oem parts make those throttle body's for less that $40 a piece with using SLAVE LABOR IN OTHER COUNTIES AND THEN RIPOFF THE U.S. CONSUMERS

                                                            • Joe's Auto Electric
                                                              Joe's Auto Electric   4 weeks back

                                                              I can't verify this...but I am sure they don't cost near 1200 dollars they are asking for them. Cheaply made junk.

                                                          • C King
                                                            C King  4 weeks back

                                                            OEM parst have become a ripoff because they charge 5 pots of gold and one diamond for them....WAY OVER PRICED ON OEM PARTS!!!!!!!

                                                          • drandle 65
                                                            drandle 65  4 weeks back

                                                            i dont buy any major auto part off ebay or amazon that isnt backed by the manufacturer.

                                                            • Jay Lee
                                                              Jay Lee  4 weeks back

                                                              Americans are not capable of making anything themselves and desperately need china to make everything for them lol

                                                            • Jay Lee
                                                              Jay Lee  4 weeks back

                                                              Americans are cheap and want everything cheap!!!!!! If you americans willing to pay then parts will be made with better quality. You can't expect companies to make high quality stuff when you americans are cheapskate and paying peanuts LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                              • EMS Rusty
                                                                EMS Rusty  4 weeks back

                                                                ebay parts are garbage . period.