If you are in the market for a replacement part for your truck, then you should be extremely careful when making the order. It is not just enough that the new part fits your truck; it should be affordable, durable, efficient, and the right one for your circumstances. Here are a few things to help you make the right choice.

OEM vs. Aftermarket

One of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether to buy OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or aftermarket parts. OEM parts are manufactured by the manufacturer of your tuck's make and model, while aftermarket parts are manufactured by other third-party companies. OEM typically cost more than aftermarket parts. However, some aftermarket parts don't have adequate warranties, and you may be overwhelmed with the variety of aftermarket parts on offer.


There are both brand new and used truck parts that you can use to replace the worn-out part. The durability, cost, condition, safety, and availability are some of the things that you should consider when choosing between a used and new part. For example, sensitive parts such as airbags are best-purchased brand new, but you don't have to worry about used rims.


Just because two truck parts perform the same function, it doesn't mean that they are interchangeable. Before you pay for the replacement part, confirm that it is the exact one you need. There are three main ways of getting the correct part for your truck.

First, you can use your truck's VIN (vehicle identification number) to help you identify the correct part. Secondly, most truck parts come with a code (imprinted on the part) for ease of identification.  Lastly, you can carry the old part and compare it to the replacement part to ensure you are buying the same thing. In this last case, you should be careful and probably involve a professional mechanic to help with the confirmation. Some parts may only have tiny differences.


Lastly, you should consider the warranty of the part you are about to buy to ensure you are covered in case something goes wrong. This is especially true for expensive parts, such as transmission systems. Consider the length, coverage, and exclusions of the warranty. You should also consider the reputation of the company backing the warranty; deal with companies who are known to honor their promises.

Hopefully, you will get the right replacement part each time you need one. You can always ensure this is the case by letting your auto mechanic source the replacement parts for you.

For more information, contact a supplier of truck equipment and parts.