Evaluation: Do you have to purchase non OEM spare elements on your automotive

My private expertise with NON-OE auto pasts has not been good in any respect and infrequently Its come again to chunk me on my behind.

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The query everybody all the time asks – Do you have to purchase non-OE auto elements?

Being a sort of DIY man, my automotive and bike very-very hardly ever goes into the workshop for any sort of restore or upkeep. As everyone knows good high quality spares (and a great dependable mechanic) (I WILL NEVER TRUST THE ONLINE CHAIN OF MECHANICS AND REPAIR APPS) can maintain your automotive/bike operating like new for a really very very long time.

Getting good high quality elements isn’t all the time straightforward.

OE automotive elements are tried examined and their high quality is all the time good.

PROS of OE automotive elements:

  • Examined.
  • Confirmed high quality.
  • Higher life.
  • 100% Compatibility assured.
  • Peace of thoughts.
  • Saves you money and time (learn extra).

CONS of OE automotive elements:

  • Typically will be onerous to search out (Honda, VW, Toyota ETC do not wish to promote elements over-the-counter).
  • Lengthy wait occasions for some uncommon elements.
  • Costly (typically 2x – 3x the worth of a non-OE PART.

Non-OE elements are straightforward to search out and low cost.

PROS of non-OE automotive elements:

  • Simple to search out.
  • A lot less expensive than OE Elements.

CONS of non-OE automotive elements:

  • Poor high quality.
  • Untested.
  • Unreliable.
  • Does not final too lengthy.
  • Compatibility isn’t all the time assured.

Ever heard of the saying penny clever pound silly? Properly shopping for NON-OE elements is precisely doing this!

My private expertise with NON-OE auto pasts has not been good in any respect and infrequently Its come again to chunk me on my behind. Costing you time (which in accordance with me is extra useful than just a few Rs. 100/1000 for the elements).

Instance 1 – Suspension elements Ford:

The unique internal, outer tie rods and stabilizer hyperlinks lasted till about 65-70K KM! The primary time these went unhealthy they had been changed by a model referred to as Rane (these items lasted for an additional 10 – 15K KM and as soon as once more at 88K KM we changed them with a model referred to as Monroe – Throughout this time it was noticed that the entrance struts had been weak and wanted a change quickly. Quick ahead to 2022 now that we’re again to utilizing the vehicles throughout a routine verify @ 98K KM, It was discovered that the internal, outer tie rods and stabilizer hyperlinks are bust but once more!

The Ford OE hyperlink rod prices about 1,000 for either side! whereas the opposite manufacturers promote them for about Rs. 600-800 a pair.

First time – Rane model.

Second time – Monroe.

Gearbox mount – Ford.

OE mounted lasted till 70K KM.

Observed a damaged mount throughout inspection – Changed with a no-brand native mount.

Throughout 88K – Gearbox mount kaput once more. Changed with a model referred to as Technix.

Inspection at 98K – Gearbox mount goes kaput once more.

Having brunt my fingers with non-OE auto elements 2 occasions over this time I didn’t wish to take any threat and waste my time with junk elements – Each half we ordered was OE from Ford – (Apart from some inside clips).

Following elements had been changed:

  • FORD OE entrance struts.
  • FORD OE internal and outer tie rods.
  • FORD OE stabilizer hyperlink set.
  • FORD OE Gearbox mount.

Twice bitten! The third time we performed it proper!

Subsequent instance – Maruti:

Maruti elements are fairly straightforward to supply and actually do not price that a lot. (YES-YES I KNOW SOME OF YOU WILL ASK me – WHY DID YOU BUY NON-OE MARUTI PARTS ??). This can be one other episode the place I used to be penny clever and pound silly.

I can’t get into all the main points about this, only one incident can be sufficient to let you know all how unhealthy non-OE auto elements are.

Decrease arms:

One of many websites to purchase automotive elements had a giant sale and right here is the place I observed a pair for decrease arms for 1/2 the worth of the OE ones (Maruti Authentic ones), considering that it is a whole lot I ordered the elements. (The positioning delivering the elements was excellent of their order and supply) OTR branded decrease arms.

When the decrease arms arrived I used to be in for a impolite shock – the elements appeared of very-very poor high quality! It’s possible you’ll ask how do I do know? ah properly, I’ve a pair of OE decrease arms (FROM MARUTI) for comparability.

Under is a comparability of the 2:

  • The MGP decrease arm is heavy and made very very properly.
  • The decrease arm bush high quality, ball joint and ball joint boot high quality, match and end on the MGP half is 100% higher than the native half.
  • By way of weight – the MGP half is an effective 600-800 grams heavier. (Every decrease arm).

Very curious to see how properly these NON-OE is decrease arms are made, I eliminated the rubber boot for the ball joint.

That is what I noticed:

By way of weight – the MGP half is an effective 800-900 grams heavier:

The decrease arm bush high quality on the MGP is way a lot better – The bush on the NON-OE half appears prefer it will not final very lengthy:

MGP rubber bush:

OTR rubber bush:

Fellow BHPians and readers, chances are you’ll assume that purchasing NON-OE elements is sweet and you’ll save some huge cash however take into consideration the time/effort and labour prices in changing these elements? The time your automotive spends within the storage. Is it actually price it? I imply the tip of the day chances are you’ll save Rs. 2000-3000 for now, however you’ll have to substitute these elements once more very-very quickly which might imply 2x-3x the labour prices.

The OE engine mounts on our Maruti lasted for over 18 years, the automotive did greater than a lakh km, lastly modified it as a result of they had been previous and elements had been low cost.

In case you plan to maintain your automotive/bike with you for a very long time and actually wish to maintain it in one of the best situation attainable my humble suggestion to everybody: As a lot as attainable please use solely OE auto elements in your automotive/bike. It may cost you a bit extra however this price is justified.


All elements had been bought by me.

I am not affiliated with any on-line elements retailer/auto half model.

This is what GTO needed to say on the matter:

My reply = it relies upon. Will purchase OE elements for my vehicles 95% of the time, however with some exceptions. Instance, with my C220, some aftermarket elements (e.g. engine mounts, dampers) lasted about double of what the manufacturing facility elements did. Producers do a number of price chopping on the time of meeting. For my Jeep, an aftermarket massive custom-built radiator solved the overheating downside in a method that the manufacturing facility radiator simply could not. I will even go non-OE if I am a superior suspension for my automotive (instance, my erstwhile Eighth-gen Civic).

However in fact, these examples are uncommon. 95% of the time, I’ll purchase OE elements solely. And bear in mind, it is usually vital WHO you purchase your elements from (too many fakes available in the market). I favor the seller or a good store like Shetty Motors in Bombay.

I maintain my vehicles for 10 years minimal and fine quality elements + labour are essential to holding them in high form.

This is what BHPian shancz needed to say on the matter:

Voted for OE elements, causes already listed within the OP.

Non OE elements provided that they provide one thing higher than OE.


  • I discovered the Monroe rear shock absorbers to have barely higher damping than OE MSIL ones on the wagonR (2016) however not night time and day.
  • EBC sintered brake pads fulfil each eventualities. A buddy used them on his D390 as an costly improve whereas used them on his N1000 as a less expensive possibility with barely decrease efficiency.

So the reply actually is relies upon.

This is what BHPian Rocketscience needed to say on the matter:

It depends upon which half we’re speaking about and the data of our mechanic/on-line sources, to make clear, elements like wiper blades and horns for instance can safely be purchased aftermarket/non OEM, infact in lots of examples they need to be purchased from the skin, somebody the opposite day talked about shelling out ₹8000 for Creta’s horns from the dealership which is frankly daylight theft, a great pair of Hella horns would have given comparable sound and efficiency/reliability whereas costing lower than a fraction this additionally brings me to the second motive.

In among the instances, with the data of mechanics or on-line sources one can study that the very same (not comparable however similar) elements can be found for less expensive exterior the dealerships, the reason being easy, automotive producers do not manufacture each single half themselves however use exterior distributors for a lot of of them, these exterior distributors can then promote that very same half for a lot much less exterior with out the automotive producer premium in between (the distinction will be night time and day and really important should you climb the ladder and discuss of upper finish German manufacturers), I faintly bear in mind the examples for similar on this discussion board as properly whereby somebody bought the very same AC compressor I assume for 30% the associated fee from exterior for a VAG automotive, evidently one must be very cautious taking place this highway as there are fakes and many individuals to misguide and cheat you.

Then the final is sweet high quality aftermarket alternative elements by respected manufacturers (like within the case of horns and wiper blades I discussed earlier but additionally for a lot of different elements) which as soon as once more can carry out about pretty much as good whereas costing a lot much less and naturally there are higher than OEM high quality elements by excessive efficiency manufacturers which may even be costlier however higher than OEM elements.

So that you see it’s not that black and white as shopping for OEM solely or shopping for exterior solely, whereas shopping for OEM elements is a protected guess in case you are searching for peace of thoughts, long run possession and reliability, you may get about pretty much as good an expertise in some instances exterior for a lot much less cash too.

This is what BHPian Kosfactor needed to say on the matter:

For many Indian manufacturers and on this case I am going to embody Hyundai as properly – You get a number of grade of elements, not less than 3 grades. It’s good to select in accordance with your software.

Somebody who purchased an M800 for 20K is not going to fear a lot about OEM vs MGP, the utilization of the car can be very sparse and the most cost effective repair to make it highway worthy would just do effective. Having had previous Maruti autos , I’m properly conscious of this. Some elements are not accessible in MGP and it’s a must to depend on aftermarket suppliers to fill the hole. The mechanic’s integrity and buyer’s willingness to pay for doing the job correctly is essential.

Whereas driving my car dwelling after a 1L kms service on the ASC, I could not assist marvel that it felt identical to the day I introduced it dwelling. Identical roads , similar visitors and usual Silk Board now with added metro mess.

Use OEM elements & technicians for so long as you’ll be able to.

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