The option of using aftermarket parts may be presented to you. This is usually because of one of two reasons:
- The aftermarket part is superior to that of the OEM part. (i.e. Jasper engines/trans). Jasper, and many other companies, take the time to reverse engineer parts and components to find the weak points, flaws, and other deficiencies the original part has. They offer the same, or better warranty than using an OEM part does.
- The aftermarket part is substantially less cost to the consumer. For example, a heater core from the dealer may cost $850.00 but an aftermarket heater core would cost $250.00 This great difference in price, on top of a labor cost of $900 to removed the dash and change the part, may prove to be a way to make an unexpected repair much more affordable to the customer. The aftermarket part will be covered by, at minimum, our 24mo/24k mile warranty. Some have longer warranties on the part itself, but this varies from part to part and manufacturer to manufacturer.
If you elect to use an aftermarket part that we give you the option of, beware that while it will function as the original did, you may have some variances that we cannot predict. Using a performance brake pad for example may stop your vehicle faster, enhance braking when towing a trailer, and last longer than the factory pads. The down side to them is that you may experience excessive brake dust, nuisance noise ( squeaks, groans, ect.) that aren’t safety concerns, but are differences, none the less. An aftermarket heater core or evaporator core will keep your car hot or cold just as well as the factory unit did, but because of slight differences they have to make to not infringe on copyrights on factory parts, you may hear more noise of the coolant or refrigerant flowing through the system than you did with the original. A Jasper transmission may shift a bit firmer, hold out a gear a little bit longer, or may shifter softer than the original. These are because of design changes.
Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before making your decision on OEM or aftermarket. Cost, function, durability, potential for differences and warranties are all the things to consider.