What's the difference between OEM parts and aftermarket parts?
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What's the Difference Between OEM Parts and Aftermarket Parts?

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The parts you trust for the maintenance, service, and repair of your Subaru play an important part in future reliability and, quite often, your budget. OEM parts are the same that the factory used when your Subaru was first assembled. Many of these parts are made by Subaru, and others are sourced from an outside supplier contracted to provide parts as specified by Subaru engineers. Aftermarket parts, on the other hand, are those that have been made for corporate parts suppliers that are typically not affiliated directly with the manufacturer. At Carter Subaru Ballard, we insist only using OEM and factory-approved parts, products, and accessories since their quality is unquestionable.

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What Else Should You Know About Aftermarket Subaru Parts?

It's not that aftermarket parts are always terrible, and they can certainly save a couple of bucks at times. However, the chances of getting substandard quality can often result in paying more in the long run. For instance, if a set of aftermarket brake pads only last 6 months where OEM Subaru brake pads might last upwards of 5 years, it's clearly more affordable to buy the factory-original parts the first time.

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Contact Carter Subaru Ballard for More Information About Your Subaru Questions in Seattle

Today's vehicles are incredibly complex marvels of engineering, and we think our customers are best served when they're well informed. We invite you to give us a call and chat about any questions you may have about your Subaru and its service. We know your time is valuable, so it only takes a moment to fill out our online service scheduling form, or simply stop by without an appointment at 5201 Leary Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

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Why Trust Carter Subaru Ballard For All Your Automotive Needs?

Subaru continues to be an industry leader in providing innovative, safe, and capable vehicles. When it comes to getting the most from your Subaru, it pays to trust the experts who know it best. That's why we staff our state-of-the-art service center with some of the absolute best factory-trained technicians in the business. We know your Subaru model inside and out, so you can count on the very best service, maintenance, and repair for your ride. We'll only use OEM and factory-approved parts for the best reliability. Since these are conveniently available in our onsite parts department, you won't be waiting around any longer than necessary to get your Subaru back from service. Find out more in Frequently Asked Question pages like this one, or feel free to see us in person. We're proud to serve West Seattle at Carter Subaru Ballard, and we look forward to serving you.

Carter Subaru Ballard

5201 Leary Ave NW
Directions Seattle, WA 98107

  • Sales: (206) 782-7475
  • Service: (877) 835-5240
  • Parts: (877) 884-0162
  1. Carter Subaru Ballard

    5201 Leary Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

    • Sales: (888) 843-2701

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