The Pros and Cons of Buying New Versus Used Car Parts

You may question whether it is best to use Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) auto spares over used car parts. Operating in the new and used auto spares industry for almost 25 years, we at A. S. A. P. Spares are qualified to clarify this regularly debated matter. In this article, we address the pros and cons of new and used car components.

While OEM parts should always be your first choice when repairing a vehicle, there are occasions when second-hand or brand-approved after-market new spares are a wise choice. From replacing oil, spark plugs, and fuel and oil filters in a minor service to restoring damaged parts in an accident-recovered wreck or overhauling an engine, there is a definite space for all three types of auto spares in this competitive marketplace.

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Pros and Cons of Using OEM Car Parts

OEM components often come with a minimum guarantee and for a professional workshop, this assurance is an advantage when repairing a customer’s vehicle. The car parts are brand new and are designed and manufactured by the brand dealer for the specific make and model, meaning that they should perform optimally.

Conversely, these spares are very expensive. This may not matter on an insurance-covered repair. However, if there are budget constraints, it might be excessive. Additionally, there are often long waiting periods for the part to be ordered and delivered, which could put a time-sensitive repair behind schedule.


Brand-Approved After-Market New Auto Spares

When discussing after-market car parts, there are two distinct types. There are brand-approved components and “black market” parts. The latter are usually imported from indistinct countries and are not always manufactured to specifications. Be wary of these as they could do more harm than good to your restoration and may even void your warranty or future insurance claims.

At A.S.A.P. Spares, we advise you to use brand-approved new after-market components. Do research to establish the credibility of the suppliers and shop with those with a known reputation for selling quality spares for your specific vehicle. Preferably, make use of an establishment that specialises in the make and model of your repair.


Pros and Cons of Used OEM Spares

Used or pre-owned OEM spares have mileage on them and, as such, could never replace brand-new parts. However, it’s important to note that the vehicle that is being repaired is not new either. New, high-pressure components could overperform when operating with used parts in a used car. This could result in failure of the older parts in the repaired vehicle.

Look for reputable used car parts dealers in your area. Develop a relationship with them and ask for advice. A second-hand part that has been used for a similar mileage to that of your vehicle might be better suited.


Choose the Professionals to Reap the Benefits of New and Used Motor Spares

At A.S.A.P. Spares, we have specialised in Opel, Suzuki, Peugeot, Renault, Chevrolet and Citroën new and used auto spares since 2001. We have built our reputation around sourcing only the best quality spares from reputable auctioneers, private sellers, insurance companies and other trusted sources and purchasing only the highest quality stock available. For specialised advice, superior spare parts and excellent service, pay us a visit or contact us. We’ll keep you on the road.