Choosing between OEM parts and Aftermarket Parts for Your Vintage Cars

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  • Posted: January 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

OEM Parts, Aftermarket Parts, Classic car Parts: What’s in a car?

Engines roaring, you chugging about the city in your fine Vintage Auto-Mobile Maserati, A6G54 (“56), reminiscing the good-old fifties, full of hope and optimism; the breeze blowing across your visage, shouting “hellos” and waxing royal as you wave to the admiring procession of folk, past the traffic enclaves of modern automobiles, nonchalantly questioning their lack of taste and elegance, “Old is gold”, you say as you breeze through in easing elegance. Smoke blaring from the revving engine and suddenly, ”kaboom”, like a play, the curtain falls on your 15 seconds of fame. You veer off the road, disappointingly, you step out of your car, staring quizzically at your formerly elegant vintage car (as you readily remember, that not all “that glitters is gold” or “old is gold”).

“Of Skin and Wine.”

Is it possible to put Old Wine in new Wine-Skins, or New Wine in old Wine-skins, that is the question, really? Vintage cars tend to be a symbol of an elitist society, cultural representations as well as scientific, industrial of a gone age. Since progress moves forward and one of the hallmarks of progress is technological evolution, in this case, vehicular technology. As you stare at the choking smoke, it hits you, that you used the wrong parts for the right car. So what are the right parts for the right car? The consumer must learn to make a distinction of the mentioned parts of an automotive; he must base it on his current needs, within his budget line, the professional opinion and not the dishonest average-Joe neighborhood mechanic out to make a quick buck from your ignorance; so get knowing, because the idea of a vintage car is different from the idea of a modern car, they have distinctive existential sensitivities, meaning their structural integrity are two worlds apart, owing to the culture of progress, thusly, must be handled differently.

Relative Specificity: “Where It Fits.”

Usually, Vintage cars are a dime a dozen, but it also depends on the year, manufacturer, model, rarity, and market sentiments. With a rare brand or model, it is expensive, owing to the structural integrity- the rarity of the spare-parts. This is where OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and AfterMarket parts come into play. So if someone claims that a particular model of vintage has OEM, should you be inclined to believe that person? An OEM Vintage means that it has been manufactured by the original manufacturer; one must always understand, albeit there are those that claim to make those parts according to original specifications??? Aftermarket parts are secondary, manufactured by other companies different from the original. So, which is it? OEM parts are generally expensive, but with great assurance, specified-locations, making things cumbersome, among many. Aftermarket parts are generally cheap, and mostly inefficient, readily available (caveat emptor). Both have their merits and demerits. The important thing is your Knowledge, Capital, and Vintage-Car Need. Thusly, which is it; I’ll leave you to answer that to your very good self.

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Stefan Wolf
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