Buying Aftermarket Auto Accessories Saves You Money

Dated: 27 Oct 2011
Posted by admin
Categoiry: Exterior Accessories, Nerf Bars & Running Boards

The first question that most people ask is “what’s the difference between an OEM part and an Aftermarket part?” Well, the answer is simple.  OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer,  which means OEM parts are made by the car company that built the car. An aftermarket part on the other hand, is made by an independent auto accessory manufacturer. However, a car company often times contracts an auto accessory maker to manufacture certain parts for them. So when you buy an OEM part, it may actually be an aftermarket part wearing a private label. How convoluted is that?

Some aftermarket parts are actually superior to OEM parts because they are usually performance enhanced, and have more bells and whistles to compete with the OEM part.  But the biggest difference between aftermarket and OEM is the price. To get an idea of how much money you’ll save when you buy your nerf bars here at, check out the table below.

Stainless Steel Nerf Bar OEM price  Automax styling price
2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT crew cab $495.00 $186.11
2011 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab $239.00 $208.11
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab $495.00 $158.11
2011 Jeep Wrangler $395.00 $188.11
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup $655.00 $198.11