Who Buys from Auto Part Websites?
Online automotive part distributors serve a diverse audience:
- Car dealerships
- Independent garages, mechanical and body repair shops
- Professional installers and service stations
- Insurance companies
- Do-it yourself car enthusiasts
- Fleet owners / managers
- Retail customers / private car owners
What Types of Parts Are Sold Online?
Here are the major product categories.
- Air Conditioning / Climate Control
- Belts & Hoses
- Body, Trim & Mirrors
- Brakes & Traction Control
- Charging & Starting
- Cooling & Heating
- Electrical & Wiring
- Electronics & Navigation
- Engine Parts & Mounts
- Filters & PCV Valves
- Fuel Delivery & Emission Control
- Hardware & Fasteners
- Ignition & Tune-Up
- Routine Maintenance
- Steering & Suspension
- Tire & Wheel
- Tools, Equipment, Fluids & Garage
- Transmission & Transaxle
- Body Styling Components
- Brackets & Cables
- Charging System & Electrical
- Chassis & Suspension
- Cooling System
- Engines & Components
- Engine Dress-Up
- Flash Tuners & Analyzers
- Gaskets & Seals
- Gauges & Components
- Heat Suppression
- Oil, Sealers & Additives
- Safety Equipment
OEM vs. Aftermarket
Whether you wish to purchase new parts (either foreign or domestic) as part of regular preventive car maintenance, everyday care or to repair your damaged vehicle after an accident, the familiar dilemma will present itself: Should you buy OEM or aftermarket auto parts? Obviously, there are pros and cons to each option.
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer and it means that these parts were made by the original vehicle’s manufacturer.
Naturally, they are easier to choose, offer complete assurance of quality and come with a reliable warranty (and peace of mind).
However, they are far more expensive and that’s why so many consumers are turning to the alternative option.
Aftermarket parts are not manufactured by the car maker but by 3rd party companies that make compatible parts designed to fit and perform the same or even better than the original.
This option is much friendlier to the consumer’s wallet and there’s also greater selection of products and suppliers to choose from, so the potential benefit here is better value and greater freedom.
Yet, an aftermarket part quality can vary when you compare one company to another and some of them come without warranty, so it’s advised to stick to popular and recommended brands that actually deserve your trust.