Is There A Difference Between OEM & Aftermarket Parts Service FAQ in Olympia, WA
OEM parts and your KIA modelThe Difference Between OEM & Aftermarket Parts

What Is the Difference Between OEM and Aftermarket Parts?

Protect Your Kia With OEM Kia Parts

"OEM" stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer." This means that OEM KIA parts are made by KIA and its partners; as such, they're held to the same high standards as the parts that originally came with your vehicle. If you want to make sure your KIA stays in great shape, it's a good idea to use these parts, since they went through the same rigorous testing as the original parts. Aftermarket parts, by contrast, are made by other companies. Some may be good, but others are lower in quality--and none come with the same KIA guarantee.

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What Else Should I Know About OEM vs Aftermarket Parts?

You might be wondering what the appeal of aftermarket parts is, if genuine OEM parts are so superior in quality. Many aftermarket parts can be found for a cheaper price than the OEM parts, making them an attractive alternative. However, while they might save you money at the start, they can end up costing you even more. Since they may not be held to the same high standards, many aftermarket parts wear out faster than OEM parts. This means you'll have to replace them sooner, leading to a greater expense. In addition, a failed aftermarket part can damage other parts of your vehicle. When you want to save money in the long run, OEM is the way to go.

Schedule service for your Hanson KIA in Olympia, WA

Contact Hanson KIA to Schedule Service

When you're ready to bring your KIA vehicle in for service, we make it easy. Simply give us a call or use our convenient online form to schedule your next service appointment. For minor service like oil changes, stop by our location at 2300 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia, WA 98502--no appointment is necessary.

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Hanson KIA in Olympia is Your Source for KIA Service

KIA vehicles are truly impressive works of engineering, and the experts at Hanson KIA know exactly what yours needs. Our technicians are factory trained and certified, and they know their way around your KIA vehicle. In order to maintain your vehicle's high quality, our mechanics use only genuine KIA -approved parts, fluids, and filters. Our service center is open on Saturdays, so you can bring your vehicle in on a day that's convenient for you. We look forward to helping you keep your KIA operating at its peak for years to come.


Hanson Kia

2300 Carriage Loop SW
Directions Olympia, WA 98502

  • Sales: (360) 339-5079
  • Service: (360) 339-5079
  • Parts: (360) 339-5079
  1. Hanson Kia

    2300 Carriage Loop SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

    • Sales: (877) 816-5820

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