OEM Power Window Regulators VS. Aftermarket Power Window Regulators. What’s the difference?

If we had a time-machine, we’d be able to visit the era of reliable auto parts and cars that drove forever on an oil change and clean transmission fluid. Just as those days are over, so are the days when an aftermarket window regulator matched OEM quality, but the bad news doesn’t stop there. OEM regulators, despite their often ridiculous price, aren’t built much better. While not the same quality as the original in the door, the newer OEM metal, plastic and build quality will be higher than an inexpensive aftermarket window regulator.

Regardless of who manufactured the new window regulator, it won’t be the same quality that your car drove off the line with AND it will be more expensive. The likeliness of most new regulators lasting 18 months is slim to none. This is precisely why we try to rebuild as many window regulators as we can. Our Power Window Repair technicians do wild things to strengthen and rebuild window regulators, but there are limitations to what we can fix.

MetalParts-tile4Power Window Repair is famous for repairing OEM regulators so they don’t break again!

Our proprietary repair and custom-fabricated metal parts strengthen the window regulator in the areas our technicians know them to be weak. Often times, we can save a customer 40-70% off standard repair rates using this process.

If there’s an aftermarket in the door or the OEM has been destroyed beyond repair, something else must be done. We have most OEM regulators rebuilt and in stock, and in those cases, we can simply charge for the OEM rebuilt core and solve the problem. In the cases where we don’t, we’ll need to price a new part for you.

If the price is right, a new OEM regulator is preferable. While not the exactly the same as the original, the metal, plastic and build will be higher. We’ll strengthen it before it goes in the door to make sure you have years of worry-free use ahead of you. If an aftermarket part is absolutely necessary, we’ll make sure that the we find you the best quality at the best price. We can strengthen an aftermarket part also, but we only guarantee that it will last longer than if we didn’t. For this reason, we offer a full 1-year warranty on parts and labor, whether it’s a new or aftermarket window regulator that’s used.