Poor quality parts are often used for a few reasons:
- A shop wants your business and knows that offering a lower price by using cheaper parts will get customers in the door
- Cheap parts, with a high markup, boost the shop’s earning potential without raising prices past what customers are willing to pay. (A $50 part marked up 100% and an $80 part marked up 25% will both cost you $100. But the shop makes much more money on the first part.)
- A customer wants the mechanic to use the cheapest part available.
Why should you have to pay for a more expensive part when a cheaper part is available? It’s simple, Original Equipment (OE) parts or quality aftermarket parts are designed to hold up for the long haul. Yes, they often (but not always) cost more, but they last longer, need to be replaced less, and save you time and money in the long-run.