Posted by Julie Copeland at Thursday, November 19th, 2020 - 02:11:32 AM in Car Parts
When restoring classic cars, there is a small but very serious group of people that believe that when a classic car is restored it must be done with the utmost care and attention in getting factory original parts that were used when the car was new. Many people would think to turn to a Chevy dealer. The problem is that if you own a 64 Chevy Nova and you need some car panels; it is unlikely you'll have much success finding an OEM replacement part there.
To begin with, it should be clear that aftermarket car parts are not essential for the car's everyday running. Nor are aftermarket parts available as standard accessories from car dealers. These are available at manufacturers or suppliers of ancillary spare parts.
Aftermarket car parts refer to the vehicle parts which are used when a replacement is required. These parts are available in the market along with the original company manufactured parts. When a new vehicle is purchased it comes assembled with the original car parts, but whatever auto parts are installed afterwards qualify as aftermarket parts. These can be installed when you want some additional features to be included or when some part requires maintenance or repair.
Perhaps that's the beauty of it. Take an older car, dress it up with some performance grade car parts and turn an unlikely and unassuming vehicle into something that will turn heads everywhere you take it.
Many car modifications (or mods, as it is often referred) made to a vehicle are made using aftermarket car parts. So what are aftermarket parts? Simply put, aftermarket parts are those which have been made by a company other than the original manufacturer of your car. Manufacturers parts are commonly known as Original Equipment Manufacturer. So why buy parts from someone other than that of your car manufacturer? It's like in any market if a company are making only certain kind of products they may have more knowledge than the original manufacturers therefore they have the ability to provide better and larger range of products such as a company specializing in performance car parts may provide better parts. Aftermarket car parts contain wide range of product types such as light bulbs to air filters and turbo kits and chrome wheels. Some aftermarket parts can be installed by the car's owner with minimal or no knowledge about cars while other parts may require you to seek a professional to install the part. You should seek advice from a knowledgeable person before purchasing an aftermarket car part.