Most aftermarket parts are easily found and cheap. Say your daily pumper unit loses its power take-off, and you need a simple part and an afternoon of service to get it back into service. A typical repair shop will usually have a cheap option ready. These parts are cheap because they are produced by manufacturers that are not affiliated with the original manufacturer. They are reverse engineered, and this is done without the input or supervision of the original manufacturer. This is bad for a number of reasons:
Cheap manufacturing – They are built without the same safety procedures and fail tolerances that the original parts were subject to, meaning they are much more likely to fail again in the future. Also, there is no guarantee the cheaper part will fit where it is supposed to, leading to delays and frustrations.
Cheap materials – The original manufacturer (OEM) adhered to standards of quality when the original part was made. This is why they were the first choice when the unit was built. A replacement part from an aftermarket company was made using cheap methods AND cheap materials. Sometimes the price of these aftermarket parts seems way too good to be true, and when it comes to quality, oftentimes it is.
Voided Warranties – If the replacement part is a component of a larger system, you risk voiding its warranty if it isn’t an OEM part. If the replacement comes directly from the manufacturer, you maintain the warranty. Also, the existing warranty may include parts of the unit, reducing the overall cost.
No Warranty of its Own – Oftentimes, it seems like cheap aftermarket parts are designed to break. Because when they do, there is one just like it sitting on the shelf, ready to go. Replacing the same part 3 or 4 times defeats the purpose of choosing the cheaper option in the first place, especially if there is no parts warranty offered.
At White Tank & Truck Repair, we understand that you rely on your work trucks every day. This is why whenever we have an installation or replacement project, we use genuine OEM parts whenever possible. This gives us greater assurance of quality because it is guaranteed to work exactly like the part being replaced. Both parts were manufactured to the same specifications, tested to the same tolerances, and with our expertise and repair experience, we can get your unit back in service as soon as possible.
Our dedication to quality starts with the manufacturers we choose. Here is a rundown of our important vendors, a bit about their businesses and what they produce, as proof that quality is always important.