The first question many people ask when they have a failing rotor is how much a replacement would cost. A large factor in the replacement cost is whether the part is OEM or aftermarket.
People commonly believe that it’s cheaper to replace your rotors with aftermarket rotors. It’s actually a myth.
Why Aftermarket Rotors are Actually More Expensive Than OEM Rotors
Many Mitsubishi owners find aftermarket replacement rotors attractive because of the low price tag. While aftermarket rotors may cost less money upfront than OEM rotors, they’ll likely end up costing you much more money in the long run. Here are two reasons why:
1. Incompatibility With the Vehicle’s Braking System
Your Mitsubishi’s braking system is designed a certain way. The OEM brake pads in your car have a certain material makeup designed to provide optimal braking specifically with OEM rotors. If you use OEM brake pads with aftermarket rotors, chances are high the rotors will overheat and then warp as a result. It’s because most (if not all) aftermarket rotors don’t have the right heat dissipation characteristics.
Also, aftermarket rotors may be too thin or too thick. The material (cast iron) can also be too soft or too hard for the brake pads. When you match up OEM brake pads with aftermarket rotors, many different things could go wrong, all of which will shorten the lifespan of the rotors.
This means that a set of aftermarket rotors probably won’t last as long as OEM rotors. You may save a few dollars on aftermarket rotors in the beginning, but it comes with a price. You’ll likely end up having to splurge on a brand new set of rotors sooner or later.
2. No Warranty
A big reason aftermarket rotors are so cheap is because they don’t come with a warranty. Even if you find a set of aftermarket rotors that are warrantied, it’s likely that the warranty doesn’t cover much.
That means when your aftermarket rotors fail early, you’ll have no choice but to buy a whole new set of rotors. If this happens, we strongly recommend buying OEM rotors because all genuine OEM Mitsubishi parts come with a comprehensive Parts and Accessories Warranty.
How to Save Money on OEM Rotors
Now that we’ve established that aftermarket rotors are a bad investment, let’s talk about the different ways you can save money on OEM rotors upfront. If you’re on a budget, you might be reluctant to splurge a little on OEM rotors. The good news is that you can find genuine OEM rotors for the same price as aftermarket rotors or even cheaper. Here is one way to do this:
- Buy online at a wholesale pricing: Mitsubishi dealerships mark up their prices by about 30%. You can save a lot of money by ordering genuine OEM Mitsubishi rotors online from a reputable parts seller, like us. At MitsubishiPartsOnSale.com, we offer wholesale pricing for OEM rotors. Do a search on your model to see if we have any rotors available for your car.
Got any questions about finding the right replacement rotors for your Mitsubishi? Please contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!