Are OEM Starters Better Than Aftermarket?

If the starter on your Toyota fails you will need to replace it to get you vehicle back on the road. The starter a critical part of your car's ignition system and while it's only used for a short time to start your car's engine, it's important to make sure it's in good working order.

The question is whether or not to replace it with an OEM starter or an aftermarket part. Both options are acceptable but there are some significant differences you should be aware of.

In this article, we'll compare those differences and cover what to look for in a starter.  We'll also discuss their cost and determine what option provides the most value.

Build Quality - OEM Vs. Aftermarket

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Starter motors wear out over time due to age and use. They are mounted on the underside of the engine next to the flywheel and are exposed to dirt, water, road salt, motor oil, and other fluids or debris. Over time the electrical connections and internal parts wear out and the starter needs to be replaced.

In most cases, the starter can be rebuilt by repairing the electrical connections and replacing the worn-out parts. When a starter motor is rebuilt, it is considered remanufactured and will carry that label on the part description. A remanufactured starter motor is a great option for an older car and to save money. But the starter motor is only as good as the quality of the rebuild which includes both workmanship and replacement costs. On aftermarket starter motors there can be a big difference in quality. However, a new or rebuilt OEM starter will meet or exceed Toyota's original standards.

Compatibility With Your Toyota Model

Starter motors come in different shapes and sizes depending on the year, model, and engine of your Toyota. A starter motor for a Toyota Camry may work for a Corolla or Sienna, but may not be an exact fit. With an OEM starter, you can be sure you're getting a part for your Toyota that will fit exactly, and not just one that will fit a variety of vehicles.

Cost, Warranty, And Reliability

Aftermarket starter motors are generally cheaper to buy. But while you may save a few bucks on the purchase price, the aftermarket part may not carry the same warranty. The warranty length may be different, and the conditions of the warranty are almost always different. This is because there is a wide variety in the quality and reliability of aftermarket parts.

Toyota OEM new and remanufactured starters all carry a 12-month, unlimited mile warranty so you can be sure you are getting the same legendary quality and reliability you expect from a Toyota vehicle.

Conclusion: OEM Starter Motors Offer Better Quality And Reliability

Whether new or remanufactured, OEM starter motors are designed to fit your Toyota car or truck and are made with the same quality standards. These parts are proven reliable, have undergone thorough testing, and come with a 12-month warranty from Toyota. And while they can be slightly more expensive to buy than an aftermarket starter motor, the benefit of Toyota quality can save you money in the long run.

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