Water pump - After market or OEM from dealer? on 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan

i gave it to mechanic for timing belt/water pump replacement. he called me home to inform that Aftermarket water pump leaks and have to buy new from Dealer and hence timing belt/water pump job cost me 1040/- dollars....is this true?

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There are new waterpumps available on the aftermarket however most good technicians prefer OEM quality parts. The dealer parts cost a bit more but are better quality. If he insisted on OEM parts he probably knows what he's doing.
if you trust him, go with his reccomendations. I work for an aftermarket mass marketer and wish I could get dealer parts for most repairs but we have to use our own products.

300 dollars