If you have ever had your Dubai used car repaired, you must know that choosing the right autoparts can be an intimidating task! You need to consider quality, expense, reliability and most importantly duck getting cheated in any auto part  scams! We have put together some pointers for you to help you make an informed decision.

Know your parts: OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and aftermarket parts

When choosing to get the faulty auto part replaced, get your facts straight about OEM and Aftermarket parts. OEM parts are made by the direct manufacturer instead of any third party. Since they are made directly by the manufacturer, they fit the make and model specifications of the car. On the other hand, aftermarket parts are manufactured by a company other than the brand company of your Dubai used car!

Depending on the manufacturing company, aftermarket parts may or may not be the right fit for your car since they are produced in bulk to produce many different kinds of cars and are made by a third party.

OEM parts

The pros of OEM parts is of course their guaranteed reliability; the part you buy will assuredly work the way you intended it to. In addition, OEM parts also come with a one-year warranty.

However, there can be a downside to buying OEM parts are more expensive; around 50-60% more than aftermarket parts and are produced in limited quantity.

Aftermarket parts

The aftermarket car parts on the other hand are definitely more cost effective for your Dubai used car than their OEM counterpart.

They are produced in a greater variety which means better availability and a broad range of prices for your Dubai used car.

What’s also pleasantly surprising about aftermarket parts is that their quality may be greater or equal to OEM parts. It’s not unusual to end up with a better car part than your previous one. There are some companies that reverse-engineer the product to draw out the weaknesses.

However, there are two sides to the issue of quality with aftermarket parts. With greater selection of choices, there is a higher probability of low quality parts or “unfit” items.

In the same vein, where variety does ensure greater options and cost-effectiveness, choosing the right part from hundreds can be an exhausting feat! In such cases, consult a mechanic or stick with the OEM part if the price difference isn’t significant. Also, some aftermarket parts don’t come with a warranty.


Once you have decided on the auto part you are going to buy, make sure to confirm the specific order number of your purchased part. Without the order confirmation number, you won’t be able to file a grievance if the piece is unfit.

Which auto parts are the best?

We believe that the choice of buying an OEM or aftermarket part depends on personal preference. For some people buying an OEM part keeps the Dubai used car as good as new, but for others cost-effective and passably workable products is not a bad deal.

As long as the car part you are buying passes the test of reliability, performance and technical soundness, it’s good to be fitted in the car. However, for some, buying an OEM part imparts a hassle-free service.

But the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has implemented a system for control of faulty and counterfeit products. The system aims to improve the quality of auto spare parts in terms of quality, reliability and competence.

But with CarSwitch.com, you don’t have to worry about quality as every new or Dubai used car enlisted is warrantied, certified and pre-inspected. Check out our hassle-free service!