What are your options when it comes to replacement parts for your car?
At Auto Value Certified Service Centers, we know that even the best-maintained car will eventually need to be repaired. Here are a few options to consider when it’s time to replace your muffler, brake light, battery and more.
New, used and remanufactured parts
Before shopping around for a replacement part, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want a genuine Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part or are comfortable purchasing an aftermarket part. The choice you make will depend on several factors, including your budget, the age of your vehicle, the total mileage and more.
However, if you don’t plan on keeping your car for the long term, purchasing a used part that’s in good condition is an affordable option.
But, if your car is fairly new and you’re looking for a sustainable option, purchasing a recycled or remanufactured part may be the right choice. In fact, remanufactured parts are economical and are often as good as new.
However, steer away from car parts sold at extremely low prices. There’s a difference between inexpensive and cheap. Cheap components are usually of subpar quality and won’t stand the test of time. In addition, poor quality parts could dramatically affect the performance of your vehicle. It’s better to pay a bit more for the added peace of mind on the road.
The expert mechanics at your nearest Auto Value Certified Service Center can help you find the right solution.
Online versus in-person
Brick and mortar specialty auto parts stores generally have large inventories, making it easy to find the components you need for your vehicle. Make sure you have the make, model and serial number of your car on hand so the staff can find a compatible part.
You can also shop for replacement parts online via specialized auto parts websites or classified ads. However, be careful about buying auto parts from private sellers as there’s no way of knowing if the part is stolen, worn out or no longer under warranty.
It’s best to speak with a mechanic to determine the ideal replacement part for your vehicle. They can offer expert advice and will only install parts that are certified, reliable and meet industry standards.
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Do you need a replacement part for your vehicle or advice? If so, visit your nearest Auto Value Certified Service Centers. You can count on our mechanics to get you the auto part you need. To make an appointment.
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