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Volkswagen OEM Parts
Volkswagen OEM parts or aftermarket?
It's a matter of often heated debate. One the one hand, Volkswagen factory parts usually cost more. Of course, if you are still driving a classic air-cooled Beetle or bus from the 1960s, 70s or 80s, you may not even have an option – since Volkswagen stopped making parts for those years ago. Otherwise, you may be surprise to learn that in most cases, it doesn't matter whether you use original Volkswagen parts or not – except of course the aftermarket versions usually cost less.
If you are determined to use factory equipment however, you'll definitely find the best pricing in our Volkswagen OEM parts catalog on our complete selection of VW components.
For the two or three of you reading this who wasn't aware of the fact, the initials "OEM" are an acronym for "Original Equipment Manufacturer." These are original Volkswagen parts that come straight from the factory in Germany. When you take your late-model VW to the dealer for repairs, chances are that all they are going to use are OEM Volkswagen parts. This costs a bit more. On the other hand, if the vehicle is damaged in a collision or other type of accident or vandalism, you may wind up taking it to a repair service authorized by your insurer. Naturally, an insurer is going to insist on aftermarket components because it'll same them a buck or two (or even three).
Should you be concerned? Not necessarily. In fact, Volkswagen factory parts are not necessarily better than their aftermarket versions. While all products from our Volkswagen OEM parts catalog come with a one-year guarantee from PartsGeek, you may find it advantageous to buy aftermarket Volkswagen parts.
Now, the quality of aftermarket components can vary a great deal from one manufacturer to another. However, often they are not only equal to, but actually better than OEM Volkswagen parts. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that the when it comes to creating an aftermarket replacement for Volkswagen OEM parts, these are usually "reverse-engineered." During this process, it is possible that design flaws are discovered in the original – giving the aftermarket manufacturer a golden opportunity to make improvements.
It doesn't always work out this way – but since the automotive aftermarket is extremely competitive, there is some serious incentive to keep the quality high and the prices low.
The other good thing about aftermarket components is that they are virtually always available when and as you need them – whereas sometimes it can be tricky to get your hands on original factory equipment.
One thing that you can definitely count on is that whether its OEM Volkswagen parts or aftermarket replacements, you'll be able to find what you need at the lowest prices right here at PartsGeek.com – your Internet wholesale outlet for virtually everything auto-related. Orders ship within twenty-four hours, and should you need it right away, there is overnight delivery and second-day shipping available.
Glad to find this part. It arrived quickly. My only complaint is the packaging was a foreign language which I could not read precautions/safety info.
Very good service and quality parts!