LES McMaster, chairperson of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), says motorists should educate themselves about car parts as these can end up costing a fortune if they don’t know of better-value alternatives to original equipment manufacturer (OEM), or genuine parts.“Many motorists are duped into believing their vehicle should have nothing less than OEM or genuine parts. We’ve seen recent adverts on television which try to reinforce this myth, but the truth is, in some cases, aftermarket parts are an improvement on OEM parts.” According to MIWA, market research indicates that the quality of aftermarket parts has increased over the past decade, raising confidence among workshop owners, service technicians and motorists alike. “Aftermarket parts are a good option, especially if your car is three to four years old. Of course, there are inferior parts out there, but by sticking with brands recommended by a reputable, accredited workshop, you can get the same performance out of aftermarket parts versus OEM and genuine parts, at a lower cost,” says McMaster.The reason aftermarket parts often out-perform OEM parts, he explains, is that aftermarket companies analyse weaknesses in OEM parts and through a process of reverse engineering, they are able to eradicate weaknesses and flaws.Another plus for motorists is that there are many companies that make aftermarket parts – more variety means a better price range for the independent workshop owner when sourcing parts. - Supplied.