Aftermarket vs. OEM Jet Ski Parts: Is There a Difference? - PWC Parts Yard Refurbished Salvage Jet Ski Parts

If you’ve ever been to a salvage yard looking for a part, the parts manager may have asked you if you want OEM, aftermarket, or genuine parts. Although the differences are often subtle, there can be a significant difference in the level for the quality of each. Below we will explain the differences between each type of part and which is best for your personal watercraft. PWC Parts Yard carries a wide selection of salvage jet ski parts. If you are looking for a specific component, we will more than likely have it in our inventory.


 Do PWC Manufacturers Make Their Parts?

There was a time when manufacturers built every part of their vehicles. Those days are long gone, however, as most manufacturers now contract other companies to produce parts for them. This is not necessarily a bad thing because many of the companies manufacturing these parts specialize in developing and creating parts for specific manufacturers. Therefore, components are designed more cost efficiently and with the same quality.


What are the Different Types of Parts?

Replacement pwc parts are categorized by the company that built them or how and when you buy them. Let’s describe and compare the parts.


Genuine. A genuine part is a component that was installed in your water craft when the vehicle was first manufactured. Genuine parts are more expensive than any other types of pwc parts because they carry the company logo. Keep in mind, that genuine parts are not necessarily better than OEM or aftermarket parts.


OEM. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are built by the company that initially made the parts for the PWC manufacturer. The OEM parts we carry are precisely the same as the part that came with your Watercraft. The difference is that it doesn’t carry the manufacturer’s logo. OEM parts are just as reliable as genuine parts, but you get them for a better value. 


Aftermarket. Once a craft is built, companies can manufacturer parts that will work for that vehicle. To do this, they buy the rights to make the parts. The aftermarket parts we sell do not always look like OEM or genuine parts, but they perform the function needed to operate the vehicle. Just like you can trust OEM parts, you can also rely on aftermarket parts to work as well.


PWC Parts Yard Has What You Need

No matter what type of part you need, PWC Parts Yard has what you’re looking for. We carry a large selection of used parts. If you have a specific part you’re looking for; you can visit our website and use our visual search tool to find it in seconds. You can also call us at 201-305-9378, or you can message us through the website chat feature at We provide used jet ski parts for watercraft owners in New Jersey and worldwide.


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