OEM vs Aftermarket Parts: Which Are Better?

OEM vs aftermarket parts
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When you need repairs, one of the first questions you should consider is whether or not to use OEM or aftermarket parts. OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer,” which is a fancy way of saying these parts come from the same assembly line as the original component on your vehicle. Aftermarket parts of produced by third-party brands, or independent vendors. Read on to see OEM vs aftermarket parts.

There are pros and cons to these two different types of parts, according to Edmunds. Aftermarket parts are typically cheaper than OEM parts, and there is a wide selection to choose from. Most auto-parts stores stock their shelves with a variety of aftermarket parts, and corner garages tend to use them to save on costs. However, aftermarket parts don’t always compare to OEM parts.

OEM parts are the ideal choice; one reason dealerships almost always use them. These components are a guaranteed fit, because they come straight from the manufacturer. They are also held to a higher standard, and they tend to last longer—one reason many car warranties stipulate that OEM parts must be used. Perhaps best of all, OEM parts come with one-year warranties to ensure durability.

In short, OEM parts tend to be better in the long run. Using aftermarket parts can void your warranty, and they don’t always fit as well as OEM parts. Here at Nissan of Lumberton, we always use the highest quality parts, ensuring your repairs last. Remember, you get what you pay for—don’t settle when it comes to your car.

Helpful Car Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Car Maintenance Tips for the Summer
It’s time to break out the wrenches!

Summer has finally arrived, which is probably good news for you! However, if you’re not careful, summer can be bad news for your vehicle. The summer can cause several complications for your car. Avoid these complications by following these helpful car maintenance tips for the summer!

Change Your Oil

You will probably do a good deal of driving during the summer, especially if you plan on going on a trip. So you will definitely want to change your oil to make sure your car is running at its maximum health.

Replace Your Windshield Wiper

April showers have already come and gone. However, summer is the time of year when thunderstorms become their most violent! That is why it is important to have a good set of windshield wipers installed on your vehicle.

Replace Engine Hoses and Belts

Engines are at risk to overheat during the hotter days of the summer. In order to avoid this overheating, be sure to check if any of your engine hoses or belts need to be replaced.

Check the Health of Your Air Conditioning Unit

The last thing that you want to happen during a hot summer’s day is to be stuck in a car without air conditioning. Have a mechanic make sure that your vehicle’s air conditioning unit is ready for the dog days of summer!

Craigslist vs. Dealership- Which One Should You Trust?

Craigslist vs. Dealership
Feel confident in your car buying experience!

So you’re in the market for a new car. Where do you start? Usually many people turn to the Internet to begin their research. There are so many resources to look at- local dealership sites, the OEM site, Edmunds, and Craigslist.

Now, sometimes Craigslist can get a bad rap for scams and tricks. But some people prefer it. Here’s a few reasons to buy from a dealership:

  • Financing options- If you purchase through Craigslist, the seller will most likely need and want all the money up front. When you purchase at a dealership, you’ll be able to have a monthly payment that fits your budget.
  • Car Background Knowledge- A dealership has lots of used cars to look at. These days, almost all of them come with a CarFax report to tell you all about the car’s past- including accidents, service appointments, the number of previous owners and the miles on the car. You could talk to the Craigslist seller for days and they could still be hiding very important information from you.
  • Options- You’ll have so many used car options to choose from if you buy used from a dealership. Not only do they have used and certified pre-owned of their own make, but they’ll also have different makes and models. This is great for someone who wants to shop around and see all their options.

If you’re not the risky type, come in to Terry Chapin Nissan and we’ll get you a great deal on a used or Certified Pre-Owned Nissan.