Volkswagen models are known for being truly outstanding vehicles. For decades, their precision German engineering has made them renowned worldwide. Add in their cutting-edge safety features, clean European design, and impressive comfort, and it’s easy to see why VW cars and SUVs are still so popular today. One of the best ways to make sure that your Volkswagen model retains all these stunning qualities is to make sure it only ever gets OEM and Volkswagen-approved parts and fluids. That’s exactly what we offer at the Hansel Volkswagen parts store! Whether you like tinkering with your VW and are looking for parts for the next big project, or you just need a new set of windshield wiper blades, we carry the high-quality parts you need here. And if you’d rather leave things up to the professionals, our service center makes use of these same parts and fluids.
Whether you’re performing maintenance yourself or leaving things up to the professionals, you will have the choice between OEM and aftermarket parts. So what’s the difference? OEM or VW-approved parts have been through the same rigorous testing that the original parts in your VW model have been through. In order to be sold, they must meet the stringent high standards set by Volkswagen. What’s more, they need to fit your vehicle perfectly.
Sometimes, people choose aftermarket parts because they can be a little cheaper. However, you do so at your own risk. Aftermarket parts haven’t been through the same testing that OEM parts have to go through. There are some aftermarket parts that are high in quality, perhaps even similar to OEM parts. However, many others simply are not. Either they’re made from lower-quality materials, or corners are cut in the manufacturing process. In either case, saving a few dollars at the initial point of sale can actually end up costing you a lot more in the long run. You may need to replace these parts more often than OEM parts, and that adds up. Or, the part might fail and damage your VW. Unlike OEM parts, not all aftermarket parts have warranties, so an aftermarket part with a manufacturing defect may be a problem that the manufacturer won’t help with.