Aftermarket exterior car parts tend to be less expensive than original equipment manufacturer parts, offer more variety and have a higher availability rate than OEM parts, notes Edmunds.com. Another benefit of using aftermarket exterior car parts include the fact that most car-parts manufacturers that produce aftermarket parts design parts to fit most other brands, and some of the competing brands may fit and work better than the originals.
The prices of aftermarket parts for cars can vary depending on quality, but tend to stay relatively cheaper than OEM parts. The cheaper the part, the lower its quality may be, but prices still hover far below those of OEM prices. The quality can even exceed that of the OEM part. Some aftermarket parts work better than the original parts, whether they are better fitting or just longer-lasting. Aftermarket companies tend to focus more on finding and working out the malfunctions in parts, reports Edmunds.com.
More variety is offered when it comes to aftermarket parts. There are hundreds of companies that offer aftermarket parts, each with original and varied products unlike the limited options of OEM parts. Availability is the same, with most auto mechanic shops and even gas stations selling aftermarket parts, while OEMs are offered from the company of origin only most of the time.