Genuine Mazda Parts vs. Aftermarket Parts


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When you need a replacement part for your vehicle, you can either get an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) part or an aftermarket part. OEM parts are made specifically for your car’s make and model by the original manufacturer, while aftermarket parts are made by third parties to fit multiple makes and models. So, which is the better option?


If you get a Genuine Mazda Part, you’re getting a part that Mazda engineered and manufactured itself specifically to fit your vehicle. That means you can trust that the quality will be high and that the result will be a part that fits perfectly like the last missing piece of a puzzle. This ensures longer performance and better synthesis.

You don’t necessarily have the same peace of mind with aftermarket parts. There are high-quality aftermarket parts out there, but there’s also a lot of junk, and you’ll have to do your research to find a trustworthy one. That’s quite a task, as well, given the high volume of parts on the market. You also don’t necessarily know how any given part will work in your vehicle, even if it’s a supposedly universal design.


Genuine Mazda Parts purchased at an authorized Mazda Dealer like Mazda of Bedford are covered by a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty, meaning you have an extra layer of protection on top of the confidence that comes with installing a part made specifically for your vehicle.

With aftermarket parts, warranties vary by product and by use. You’ll once again need to do your research to ensure that the part you’ve selected will offer the kind of protection you need.


The one perceived advantage of buying an aftermarket part is the lower cost. While aftermarket parts are typically cheaper than OEM parts, you’re paying for what you get: specifically, a product that’s not guaranteed to work perfectly with your vehicle and may not offer warranty protection. If you value the longevity and performance of your Mazda, Genuine Mazda Parts are well-worth what you pay for them.

At Mazda of Bedford, we use Genuine Mazda Parts for service and maintenance needs. To learn more about how this benefits you, stop in and speak with a service tech.


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