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MainimageOften, the original is the best. That applies to Ford vehicles like the Ford Mustang and the Ford F-150. But it also applies to the parts that make up those vehicles. Maintaining your vehicle with the original parts from a Ford parts center makes a big difference, and it’s a great reason to visit Waconia Ford.

What are OEM Ford Parts?

OEM, or “original equipment manufacturer,” simply lets you know that the same company that built your Ford vehicle is making most of the parts that go into it. They’re what we use when you visit us for Ford service and repairs. There are a few exceptions, like tires and motor oil, where we source from third parties who make parts to our high standards. However, the goal is the same in any case: make parts to higher standards so a vehicle you trust when the going gets tough never lets you down.

OEM versus Aftermarket Parts

What happens when you buy your auto parts somewhere other than your Ford dealership near Eden Prairie? If you’re lucky, you’ll get OEM parts. If you’re not so lucky, you might get what’s called “aftermarket parts.” They’re made by third parties, and they aren’t always manufactured to our standards, so they may not last as long.

That means they’re cheaper in the short term, but over the longer term they may end up more expensive.

More Reasons Ford Parts are Better

It’s rare for the price difference between OEM and aftermarket parts to be vast. But that’s not the only reason to visit Waconia Ford. We guarantee our parts and labor. The parts last longer, so you save money by not repeating the same work. And with our Ford service and parts specials, you save money on work that lasts. All in all, there are far more reasons to visit us than to go anywhere else.

Ford Parts and Service Near Eden Prairie

Are there times when aftermarket parts are necessary? Sure. Ford models are built to last, and if the one you have is getting up there in years — especially cars dating before the 1970’s — you’ll occasionally need to search a bit harder to find parts. In the rare event that we don’t have it in stock, we’re happy to help you source it, or to suggest an aftermarket supplier you can trust. No matter what you need, Waconia Ford will make sure you get it!