What's Better For Your Volkswagen - OEM Or Aftermarket Door Handles?

When you have a broken door handle, it’s time to decide whether to get an OEM or aftermarket replacement unit. It’s a pretty big decision because you’ll be using the new door handle on a daily basis.

This guide will help you decide which option works best for you. OEM and aftermarket door handles differ in terms of quality and design. In this guide, we’ll go over the key differences between OEM and aftermarket door handles.

1. Design

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OEM and aftermarket door handles may have different designs. The differences between the two will be subtle, but noticeable if you compare them side by side. The design isn’t just cosmetic, though. There’s also the design within the inner assembly and the fitment. OEM door handles have a design that works perfectly with the door on your Volkswagen. Since aftermarket door handles come with different designs that are not always compatible with your door, you may run into fitment and/or functionality issues. If you want to play it safe and get a door handle that installs as intended, as well as looks and works right, choose OEM.

2. Quality

Aftermarket door handles are cheap usually because they’re made with subpar quality materials. Even the components inside the assembly may be low quality and prone to breaking. Considering that your door handles are used often, you want a sturdy, high quality door handle.

Volkswagen builds its OEM door handles with high quality materials that will last a long time. They are tested to last for thousands and thousand of door openings and closings. Aftermarket manufacturers don’t have to follow OEM specs. They can design their door handles any way they want, and they don't have to test them if they don't want to. So if quality matters to you, choose OEM.

Are OEM Door Handles Really That Expensive?

A lot of Volkswagen owners consider buying aftermarket door handles because OEM door handles can be expensive. “Can be” is the operative phrase here; OEM door handles don't have to be expensive. They can be pretty expensive if you buy them at a Volkswagen dealership, but it’s not the only option. You can buy genuine OEM door handles from us at wholesale pricing. Check out our catalog to see if we have OEM door handles for your VW.

The bottom line is that an OEM door handle is a good investment because it lasts a long time and it’s backed by a warranty.