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OEM vs Aftermarket

by | Jul 19, 2022 | Press

Yard trucks require a variety of different parts that need to be maintained. Parts like transmissions, brakes, and fuel pumps all require regular maintenance in order to keep your terminal tractor running smoothly. While most people think of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts as being the only option for repairing or replacing their vehicle’s damaged parts, this just isn’t true. There are some very good reasons why someone might want to go with aftermarket parts instead of OEM options when it comes time for repairs or replacement. Before you can decide it is important to understand the difference. 

OEM parts are made by the original equipment manufacturer, which means that they are like the parts that came with your vehicle when it was new. They’re also manufactured to the same specifications as OEM products.

OEM parts are not always the best choice for your vehicle. While they are usually a higher quality than aftermarket parts, they are also often more expensive and may not be available when you need them. For example, if you have an older model that has been out of production for many years, it may be difficult to find OEM parts for it at all. On the other hand, aftermarket parts are constantly being updated and improved upon by various manufacturers—and these companies will usually offer a wide range of product lines that can fit nearly any budget.

Aftermarket parts are manufactured by companies other than the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). They are sold as replacements for damaged or worn existing parts, and they’re typically less expensive than OEM versions.

When you buy an aftermarket part, you run into a few different issues. The first is that there’s no guarantee that it will fit properly in your yard truck, forklift, crane etc. —aftermarket manufacturers may not make their products to meet identical specs as OEM ones. Plus, while they might be cheaper than OEM replacements (like when you buy something like a tire), you’ll probably end up paying more over time because of how often these components break down and need replacing again and again.

Whether your decide to run with OEM parts, Aftermarket parts, or crossovers from alternate brands such as Capacity, Cummins, Kalmar Ottowa, or TICO we have a $4 million dollar inventory that can almost guarantee we can get you up and running in no time.