When you’re shopping for new shocks for your Nissan, you might have noticed a large selection of aftermarket shocks. Should you consider aftermarket shocks, or should you stick to OEM shocks? Which option is better? (By the way, if you want to know more about shocks in general, check out this article.)
The general consensus among automobile industry experts is that OEM shocks are better. They are a safer and more reliable option than aftermarket shocks. Here are five reasons why:
1. OEM Shocks Fit Your Car Perfectly
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OEM shocks are made specifically for your Nissan model. That means there’s no question that OEM shocks will fit perfectly and function optimally every time. You won't have to alter anything while installing OEM shocks on your Nissan. The same cannot be said about aftermarket shocks.
Most aftermarket shocks have universal fitment. Sometimes you would have to alter something in order to get a set of aftermarket shocks to fit in your car. Even if you're able to install aftermarket shocks on your car without any issues, it's possible that the shocks themselves won't work well.
2. OEM Shocks Are Designed To Exact Specifications
Over the years, Nissan has earned a reputation for making reliable parts, including shocks. There are many different variations of Nissan shocks. Each variation comes with its own dimensions to accommodate certain Nissan models. For example, this shock absorber (part no. 56210-4Z026) is designed specifically for 2000-2006 Nissan Sentra models.
The reason Nissan offers so many variations is because each model weighs a certain amount and has its own suspension tuning. By getting OEM shocks designed just for your Nissan model, you'll get reliable, optimal performance out of them.
Aftermarket shocks are usually designed with an average vehicle and wheel/tire weight in mind. That leads to bad performance. For example, if you install aftermarket shocks designed for a SUV on a sedan, you'll experience a stiff and uncomfortable ride. It's because sedans usually have lighter wheels and tires than SUVs, and also usually have less stiff springs.
3. OEM Shocks Are Built With Quality Materials
Nissan is committed to offering quality parts to its customers. Nissan shocks are designed with high-quality materials, which guarantees longevity (if there are no problems). A big reason why aftermarket shocks are competitively priced is because they're usually built with low-quality materials. Because of that, it's not uncommon for aftermarket shocks to fail early. In fact, an Amazon reviewer wrote, "[My aftermarket shocks have] already failed, not even 30 days after installing them."
4. OEM Nissan Shocks Come With A 12-Month/12K-Mile Warranty
If you purchase genuine OEM Nissan shocks from a Nissan dealership or a reputable seller (like us), you'll enjoy a comprehensive manufacturer's warranty that lasts 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first. It's rare for OEM shocks to fail early on. But, in the rare occurrence that a shock fails before the 12-month or 12K-mile period is over, you won't have to pay for a replacement shock.
Aftermarket companies don't want you to know this, but aftermarket parts rarely come with a warranty. That's part of the reason why most aftermarket shocks are cheap. Even if you find aftermarket shocks under warranty, chances are high the warranty doesn't cover much anyway.
5. OEM Shocks Can Be As Affordable As Aftermarket Shocks
If you're on a budget, you might be happy to hear that you don't have to spend a lot of money on OEM shocks. In fact, you can get a genuine OEM set of Nissan shocks at wholesale pricing from us. Look up your Nissan model in our catalog to see if we have shocks for your car!