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There are many times when you need or want to buy new car parts for your car or truck. To help you decide, we have asked some frequent questions to our experts in automotive service and parts. This is what they said.

Should I Buy OEM Parts?

OEM auto parts is what the auto industry calls the "Original Equipment Manufacturer" parts. They are manufactured for unique car or truck models by the OEM. These are the exactly-matching parts that your vehicle has. They are sold with a manufacturer's warranty. Auto Dealerships use your VIN Number to find the correct OEM part for your car.

  • Quality:

  • These manufacturer branded products guarantee reliable quality and performance.

  • Warranty:

  • These automobiles parts always come with a limited warranty.

  • Price:

  • OEM parts can cost more than comparable aftermarket parts.

  • Availability:

  • Certified Service Centers usually order certain OEM parts from the manufacturer. This may take a few days if it is not already in stock.

Should I Order Aftermarket Parts?

An aftermarket part is any car, truck, or SUV part that does not come directly from the vehicle's manufacturer, or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). These auto parts may be less-expensive for the repair of your car or truck and advancements. Local, independent shops and online retailers usually (though not necessarily) offer a selection of aftermarket auto parts. These auto parts are created to function similarly as the OEM versions. However, aftermarket auto parts have their own pros and cons.

  • Quality:

  • Low prices often suggest a lack of quality craftsmanship

  • Warranty:

  • These parts don't come with a warranty

  • Price:

  • These automobile parts can be more affordable than the manufacturer/OEM parts

  • Availability:

  • Most independent car-repair shops have these parts readily available

Which Auto Parts Are Most Costly to Replace?

While most basic automobile part costs range from $150 to $500, some car part repairs can actually break your typical budget.

The parts most expensive to repair are:

  • Transmission - $4,000 to $5,000
  • Brake Lines - $1,000
  • Suspension - Up to $3,000
  • Cylinders - Up to $10,000
  • Hybrid battery - $6,000 and up

When Should You Require OEM Parts?

Always purchase OEM Manufacturer parts when it comes to collision repair. non-OEM car repair products may not fit properly when your vehicle has damaged body panels after the crash. Plus, an aftermarket part installation may void your leasing vehicle warranty. Therefore, always use manufacturer parts for all types of vehicle repairs if you have a leased car.

What Car Parts Are Covered or Not Covered Under Warranty?

A complete manufacturer's warranty doesn't cover all auto parts. However, car buyers, can always choose something like an extended warranty, bumper-to-bumper, and factory warranty for the most comprehensive coverage. Even for an extended warranty, all of your car's parts may not be covered. Here is a list of what's covered and what's not.

Powertrain Warranty Coverage:

  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Axles
  • Gaskets
  • Transfer Case

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty Coverage:

  • High-tech systems
  • All major vehicle systems
  • Safety features
  • AC and heating

Covered Under Extended Warranty:

  • Extends coverage of all items under original Factory Warranty

Not Covered With Warranty

  • Scheduled maintenance
  • Wear and tear items
  • Body panel or exterior damage
  • Interior damage
  • Accidental damage
  • Environmental damage

Is Craigslist a Good Place to Purchase Car Parts?

Craigslist is not an auto retailer; but on this online platform, third-party vendors sell automotive parts. For this reason, the quality cannot be guaranteed. If you are buying car parts from this source, make sure to research, verify, and compare before the purchase.

Should I Get Automotive Parts from Amazon?

Undoubtedly, Amazon is a reputable online marketplace that provides customers with a convenient and easy place to buy quality car and truck parts. While most auto parts sold by Amazon are from trusted sources, it can be difficult to know if you're getting the correct item for your vehicle since you are not dealing directly with an automobile service center.

Can You Purchase Auto Parts at The Dealership?

Yes, you can order automotive parts at the dealership. Most car dealerships only offer standard manufacturer parts. Most of all, they can use your VIN number to find the correct part for your vehicle.

Can You Bring Your Own Auto Parts to The Auto Dealership?

You can always bring your own parts to a dealer. The dealer, however, can neither issue warranty on the part you've purchased, nor can they guarantee its performance. It is highly recommended to get your vehicle checked by an experienced service technician at a local auto dealership before purchasing any parts for installation. The auto-experts will also be able to diagnose the actual problem and recommend the required replacement part, if needed.

Who Installs Aftermarket Car Parts?

Bring your aftermarket car or truck part to a local auto dealer for installation. Before installation, a service technician will check the aftermarket auto part to verify if it is suitable for your car. Even if they install the aftermarket auto part, however, the dealer can only provide a warranty on the labor.

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