Genuine Subaru vs. Aftermarket Parts:
Which is the better value?
When you need collision work, it's tempting to try to save money with aftermarket body parts. But in the long run, how does their value compare to Genuine Subaru Body Parts? To find out, we conducted a series of tests to see how the quality and durability of aftermarket imitations measured up to Genuine Subaru Replacement Body Parts. The results?
According to our tests, it's not even close.
Genuine Subaru parts proved superior to aftermarket parts in every category. Aftermarket parts suffered from imprecise processing and lower rust resistance. Over time, this could make them a costly repair choice. Sheet metal integrity could be compromised, which might lead to the additional expense of replacing a failed replacement part.
Did you know that Subaru vehicles have been tested for NHTSA NCAP* and IIHS** programs? It underlines Subaru's commitment to safety, and it's reassuring news if you're ever in an accident. If you are, Genuine Subaru Body Parts will help reassure you of something else: that your vehicle's safety and body quality will be as good as it was before the accident.
To compare real-world rust-resistance, Subaru engineers reproduced the effects of salt and high humidity on the fenders in a snowfall region* for one year. As the photos show, the layer of zinc galvanization and the thickness of the electrolytically applied paint gave the Genuine Subaru fender the edge. SCRATCHES The salt and humidity clearly took a greater toll on the spot where the aftermarket fender was scratched. The Genuine Subaru's zinc galvanization protected it against any rust damage.
The Salt and High-Humidity Test
FENDER EDGES AND MOUNTING BOLT HOLES
The salt and humidity also caused damage on the aftermarket fender edges and around the mounting bolt holes. The rust is heavier along the edges where the electric deposition coating is thinnest. The Genuine Subaru fender stayed rust-free on the inside and outside surfaces.
* Test included immersing fenders in salt, plus drying and humidifying