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 takes 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. There are numerous aftermarket suppliers that do the same.
- 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 12mo/12k 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.
A side note about manufacturer’s warranties:
Most people believe they must use a genuine part or they will void their warranty. Even though car makers try to give the impression that if you don’t use their parts, you are getting an inferior part and it will void your warranty, this is simply not the case. The Federal Trade Commission stepped in and issued a consumer alert stating “The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part”. Also, you cannot void your warranty by having maintenance or repairs done somewhere other than the dealership, or even doing them yourself. Keep all records on hand should you ever have to prove what was done to the vehicle.
One last note about manufacturer warranties is they do not have to use new genuine parts, or even new parts for that matter, and most of the time they don’t. Your manufacturer’s warranty will state that it is their decision as to what type of part they can use.