Here are a few things to consider when purchasing aftermarket components to make sure that you are getting the best value possible.

Sourcing aftermarket parts is a great way to save money on components that would generally cost more if purchased from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). However, choosing your aftermarket supplier is not something that should be taken lightly. There are many things to consider that, in the end, could affect the quality and reliability of the product and satisfaction with the overall purchasing experience. Huron Automatic Screw Company is here to help with some information and things to consider when choosing your aftermarket supplier.

Quality Varies

One of the most common problems with aftermarket components is that they differ in quality. Considering that aftermarket means the part is a re-creation of the original manufacturer’s model, it’s important to ask your aftermarket supplier about the quality of their product. Oftentimes, an aftermarket part will be made with different material. It’s also important to consider that parts distributed from the OEM have spent years undergoing extensive testing and real-life applications to develop a strong reputation for quality, while the analytics of an aftermarket piece can be uncertain. Just because an aftermarket supplier claims their product will fit doesn’t mean that the part will function as well as the original.

Don’t Sacrifice Service

Make sure that the aftermarket supplier you choose has a reputation for good service, especially if you intend on building a longstanding relationship with this supplier. Does the company make themselves easily accessible to discuss the specific needs for each component or project order? Do they only offer a list of products to select from with little to no additional information or collaboration options? If you are in need of parts that have specific needs, like the ability to withstand extreme pressures or temperatures, it’s important to clarify every detail with someone from the company. In many cases, making the slightest mistake on a customized part can result in potentially dangerous repercussions.

Compare Aftermarket Supplier with OEM

The beauty of purchasing components from an OEM is the relief of knowing that the quality will meet the standard. However, there are many aftermarket components that offer equal or better quality than the original. This is another instance where research plays a big role. Sourcing directly from the OEM supplier provides additional value due to the direct line from manufacturer to product, but there may be a better deal out there. Then again, companies like Huron Automatic Screw Company is a trusted supplier to several OEMs, offering the option of manufacturing custom products and aftermarket components to meet OEM specifications.

If you are in need of a trustworthy supplier of custom components, Huron Automatic Screw Company is a reputable supplier for the aftermarket industry. We offer exceptional service, quality, and reliability, and are dedicated to sourcing parts that provide the best value.

About Huron Automatic Screw Company

With over 85 years of experience, Huron Automatic Screw Company is highly regarded in the fastener manufacturing industry for product excellence and quick turnaround, making us an ideal partner to handle your prototype through production quantity jobs. Our precision machined threaded fasteners, pins, spacers and other parts are purchased by fastener distributors, component manufacturers and OEMs across the United States and go into a wide variety of components such as axles, power trains, suspensions, engines and steering components.

Our tradition of quality and our use of innovative modern manufacturing practices have been our company’s competitive edge in manufacturing precision machined products.  Add to that our reputation for on-time delivery and competitive prices, and you’ve got every answer you need to give us a try on your next project.

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