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3 Great Reasons to Use OEM Toyota Shocks Instead of Aftermarket Shocks

Good shocks are not just limited to off-road racing. They’re needed in all kinds of driving situations including towing, hauling, and day-to-day driving. Because of that, it’s important to have shocks that offer the level of control and ride quality you’re looking for.

When it’s time to replace your shocks, you have two options: OEM or aftermarket. If you’re looking for a practical, affordable, and long-lasting solution, then OEM is the way to go. Here are 3 reasons why we recommend replacing your shocks with a brand new set of OEM shocks instead of going the aftermarket route:

1. Guaranteed Quality and Fitment

Shock set

Toyota doesn’t cut corners on its genuine OEM parts, and that applies to shocks. Toyota only uses high-quality materials, and it specifically designs its shocks to work optimally with your model’s weight. Also, there won’t be any fitment issues with a set of OEM shocks on your car.

With a set of quality shocks on your car, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Smooth riding and cornering
  • Easy braking
  • Good maneuverability

You won’t enjoy these benefits as much with a set of aftermarket shocks on your car. It’s not uncommon for aftermarket manufacturers to use inferior quality materials. They also typically design their shocks with universal fitment in mind.

2. Cost Effectiveness

OEM shocks can be pretty expensive, especially if you buy them from a Toyota dealer. (Here’s a secret: you can save a bunch of money if you order genuine OEM shocks from us because we offer deep discounts.) It may be tempting to buy aftermarket shocks because they’re usually cheaper than OEM shocks.

However, OEM shocks are a sound investment and they’ll actually cost you less money in the long run. Using aftermarket shocks means putting extra strain on other parts and increasing the likelihood of replacing them sooner than expected. When you take that into consideration, investing in OEM shocks will save you money in the long run and give you the peace of mind that your wheels, tires, and suspension components don’t need as much maintenance. Win-win.

3. No Research Needed

The sheer number of aftermarket shocks available can be overwhelming because they vary in quality and fitment, and not all of them are covered under warranty. You’ll have to do a ton of research on different aftermarket shock brands to determine 1) the quality, 2) fitment for your specific make and model, and 3) warranty. Even after doing all that research, there’s no guarantee you’ll find aftermarket shocks that are comparable to OEM ones.

Shopping for OEM shocks is so much easier. All you have to do is to look up your Toyota model in our catalog of genuine OEM shocks to find the right part number.

Key Takeaway

OEM TRD shock

When it comes to replacing your shocks, OEM shocks are the better choice because they’re:

  • High quality
  • Designed to fit your exact Toyota model
  • Affordable in the long run

At Olathe Toyota Parts Center, we offer discounted prices for all OEM parts, including shocks. Find yours today!

Written by Jason Lancaster