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Are OEM Parts Safe to Use

It’s important to keep your Toyota running maximally. It isn’t always easy keeping the cost of that effort affordable. As the car owner, you are constantly faced with the dilemma of balancing the cost of the machine with the cost of ownership.


Always quick to join the dilemma is the uncertainty of OEM Toyota parts. OEM parts are original manufacturing part that are built by a vehicle’s auto maker and designed, specifically, for your car. OEM parts are the same parts that came with your car. They’re not an upgrade, they’re not a toss-up. They’re a replacement.


Aftermarket parts are any auto parts made by someone other than that vehicle’s manufacturer. As there are many talented auto part makers out there who have not gone on to build auto empires, it’s reasonable to have faith in aftermarket parts, and many people do!


Of course, more than a handful of Toyota owners are particular about sticking with the manufacturer and who refuse to stray from the OEM replacements.


The debate between OEM and aftermarket is severely ongoing, and at the end of the day, it’s your judgment on whether you want to bargain your budget or your vehicle’s livelihood.


The most common argument against OEM parts is their price. We can’t argue with that. But we can assure you that OEM parts are at the very least safe for your vehicle. They were made for your car, therefore they should work, any costs they accrue can be assumed by the manufacturer.  


Here are some reasons to stick with OEM Parts:

  • Quality assured. When you order a specific part for your specific vehicle, you get the make and model of the part that fits the make and model of your car, perfectly. They were made for each other! It’s easy to go down the road of needing a replacement part and preferring to run the hardware store to snag a cheaper part that gets the job done without having to wait weeks for that piece to come in.


  • Warranty. It happens on occasion that a car owner opts for an aftermarket replacement part, that part fails and then the manufacturer disengages from its warranty on that piece of equipment. Let’s look an example: my hydraulic system fails, but I have been running to my neighborhood oil changing facility instead of to the dealer each time I was up for an oil change. As it turns out, the cause of the hydraulic system failure is the result of the oil my local place was using. My warranty only extends care over my hydraulics on the conditional basis of a particular oil. Now my manufacturer says they’re not responsible for the part. It feels unfair, but that’s part of the playing the warranty game and a reason that many people choose to stick with OEM parts.


  • System compatibility. Think of your car like your phone. Your iPhone dies, and your friend has a Galaxy battery that fits it (I realize this isn’t perfect, but bear with me). You use that battery and your phone works, but your contacts aren’t syncing, you’re computer doesn’t recognize the back-up data and the phone auto-corrects everything to words that are definitely not in your daily vernacular. What happened? Well, your phone is specifically prescribed to a Machine-to-Machine code or set of codes. Each piece of technology in the phone operates on this code, and all that information is particular to you and your settings. The same thing happens with a car. One piece of a non-OEM part can throw off the cohesiveness of a carefully threaded system. This results in interrupted data, lack of communication and the chance that the piece will render the machine inoperable. To avoid putting the increasingly common sensors and integrated data in jeopardy, Toyota owners often opt for OEM parts.


  • Reliability. While you might be paying a week or two for a part, a manufacturer will deliver upon promise. Big companies have been in business for decades, and they have distribution down to a tee. You can rely on OEM parts to arrive when planned, so that you can plan your accordingly.


  • Durability. When it comes to OEM parts, you can trust that composition of the allow or plastic is durable. It will resist corrosion, keep your vehicle safe and enhance the vitality of your car.


  • Gamble free. There is no gamble with OEM parts. You get what you pay for and for many people, that price is too high. For others, it is completely worth the hassle of reading between warranty lines and never knowing the true nature of a part of from where it came.


  • Choice free. Since you are replacing the broken or lost part with one of its many twins, there are no decisions to be made. You don’t have to sift through materials, colors, brands, or any other deciding factor that can take of mental space and thinking time. The decisions are made for you based on your manufacturer’s determination for your vehicle, so the choice is easy.


A lot of these qualities can still be attached to non-OEM parts. It’s definitely possible and even likely that you can find a reliable part at a great price that comes in when the store promises. They can be durable, sometimes even better products. The gamble is with your manufacturer and whether or not you know your car and car parts so well that you can safely make the call for no foreseen impediments ahead with said part.   


Keeping your vehicle maintained and in good conditioned. Sticking with Toyota OEM parts does not have to be a hassle, you can even buy OEM parts online. Check out our vast selection online or come see us in Hollywood, Florida.


Whatever you need, we can help you find it. Whether you’re after OEM or aftermarket parts, we’ll find the equipment that best suits your needs.