Does my Nissan need an OEM part?
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. That means that an OEM part is produced to the exact specification of the original, existing parts. There is no question with an OEM part about how well it will fit or whether it will be what you need. While OEM parts are often more expensive, the price is made up in fit, durability and quality.
Are used Nissan parts a viable option?
Used parts are a low-cost way to obtain OEM equipment without the OEM price tag. The snag is that used parts are often worn or in disrepair before they make it to you. You can purchase used parts at salvage yards or through individuals.
When would I buy aftermarket parts?
Aftermarket parts are a good fit for people on a budget. They are sold at any number of parts houses throughout the country as well as online. Many times, the only difference between an aftermarket part and an OEM part is the price tag. However, there are occasions where an aftermarket part may not have the best quality, finish or fit. Aftermarket parts are built by manufacturers not associated with the original automobile supplier. Whether you buy aftermarket parts or not is up to you, but if you do choose aftermarket materials, be sure to do some research on the company producing the part as well as any defect that may be inherent to the part.