Oil Change: Factory vs. Aftermarket Filters
Regular maintenance like an oil change keeps a vehicle running longer and better. During this appointment, when you realize the filter needs to be changed, should you choose the factory filter or an aftermarket filter?
At your next oil change you might learn that it is time to change your filter. Some people choose to change it at each of these maintenance appointments while others change their every other appointment. Either way, should you use the manufacturer’s product or opt for an aftermarket version?
One of the main benefits to choosing the manufacturer’s recommended filter at your next oil change is the compatibility. It was specifically designed with your vehicle in mind. This means that everything fits perfectly and there should be no folding or openings for the oils to get through. Usually you can’t take the filter designed for your make and model and put it into a different vehicle.
People tend to believe that the manufacturer’s filter is of a higher quality that the alternative. They assume that because you could potentially pay more for it, it must be better. This is not always the case. The fit will be better but different aftermarket filters are made at different levels of quality. There are some aftermarket products that can perform at the same level as the vehicle’s brand name parts.
Unlike the manufacturer’s product, there are a variety of different options when it comes to and aftermarket filter. You can find higher quality products and those that just barely make the mark. If you choose to go down this route, be sure to investigate each one and decide which option is best for your vehicle.
Prices for the aftermarket versions vary. Don’t just assume that because something cost more, it is a higher quality product. When it comes to oil change materials, this is not always the case. You can also find these filters at a variety of different locations, making it convenient to pick up a filter if you plan to handle the oil change at home.
So which option do you choose? This decision comes down to the personal preference of the owner. Some individuals would never consider going with any aftermarket parts, regardless of its use or function. Others believe that these parts, while not a perfect fit, can still offer the same quality service as something direct from the manufacturer. If you don’t know a lot about vehicles, you may not feel comfortable making the decision.
Author: Antoinette Ayana
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