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Honda Parts vs Generic Parts - Valley Honda
When looking to buy a car part, one question many people ask is, “Should I get the genuine Honda part, or can I get away with buying a generic version?” To be logical about the decision, let’s examine the pros and cons of buying generic.
1. Price – It’s often cheaper to buy a generic part. That’s likely why you’re researching the difference between off-brand and a part from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). That’s one pro for buying the generic part.
2. The Guessing Game – When you buy a generic part, you’re taking a chance that the part you buy will fit your Honda. The packaging may say that it will, but you won’t actually know until you buy it and try it. That’s strike number one against buying generic.
3. Warranty – Parts not manufactured by Honda are called aftermarket, counterfeit, or gray market products. While they may work like a charm in your vehicle, should any repairs need to be done later, your Honda warranty will not cover the generic parts or any damage caused by their use in the vehicle. That’s another con for team generic.
On the flip side, if you buy genuine Honda parts, you know they will work every time to do the job they were designed to perform. You won’t have to go through the hassle and the stress of hoping you have the right part, that it fits correctly, and that it works properly without causing damage to the rest of the vehicle.