July 21, 2024

Taking Care of Your Dodge The Difference Original Equipment Manufacturer Parts Make

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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who use aftermarket parts and those who use original equipment manufacturer parts. Although there may be some sociological or psychological implications one could make regarding these two kinds of folks, such discourse belongs to the realm of speculation. Here are some reasons why OEM parts should always be used on your Dodge vehicles.

The Cost of Cutting Corners

Vehicle negligence comes in many forms. Those who neglect to take care of their Dodge vehicles contribute to the $750 million each year in vehicle property damages paid out by Americans who fail to rotate their tires, change their oil, and regulate fluid levels — the total cost of neglect (not limited to property damage) is over $2 billion every year. There is a reason why the manufacturer recommends only using genuine Dodge parts; custom projects using aftermarket parts play a role in the nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and over 2,600 deaths that occur an annual basis due to vehicle neglect. Keep in mind the responsibly that comes with owning a Dodge; we all have a role in making the road a safer place for everyone.

The Advantage of Genuine Dodge Parts

Most automotive technicians who work on Dodges buy genuine Dodge parts directly from auto parts retailers if they can; warehouse distributers, jobbers, dealerships, and buying direct from the manufacturer are other ways techs get OEM Dodge parts quickly. Although professional technicians recommend using OEM parts, 21 states across the country (and the District of Columbia) do not require a body shop’s repair estimate to indicate whether or not aftermarket parts will be used — for this reason, many Dodge owners may be paying for repairs that use aftermarket parts that do not fit as well as OEM parts. Requesting that your Dodge be serviced using OEM parts can be more expensive, but OEM parts are easier to choose and are typically backed by a one-year warranty. In addition, by using genuine Dodge parts, Dodge owners can help to maintain a higher resale value in the long run. When it comes time to make vehicle repairs, don’t compromise your Dodge’s identity with less-than-perfect aftermarket parts.

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