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Where Can I Purchase Mini Auto Parts in El Paso, TX?

There can be many situations in which you may need or want to buy new auto parts for your car or truck. To help you decide, we have asked our automotive parts and service gurus a few frequently asked questions. This is what they had to say.

Should I Buy OEM Parts?

OEM auto parts designate the “Original Equipment Manufacturer” parts. They are created for specific car or truck models by the OEM. These are your vehicle’s exact-matching parts. They come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Parts Centers use your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to identify the correct part for your car, truck, or SUV.

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  • Quality:

  • These manufacturer branded products provide performance and quality.

  • Warranty:

  • These automobiles parts come with a warranty.

  • Price:

  • These top of the line auto parts can cost more than comparable aftermarket items.

  • Availability:

  • Parts Centers generally order certain OEM parts from the manufacturer. If not already in stock, it will take a few days to get it in.

Should I Buy Aftermarket Auto Parts?

An aftermarket part is any car part that is not provided directly from the vehicle’s maker, or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). These car parts are certainly less-expensive for your vehicle’s repair and mechanical upgrade. Local, independent shops and online retailers can (though not necessarily) offer a variety of aftermarket parts. These car parts are made to function similarly to the OEM versions. Aftermarket parts, however, have their own pros and cons.

  • Quality:

  • Low price often signal a lower quality craftsmanship

  • Warranty:

  • These parts don’t come with a warranty

  • Price:

  • These automobile parts are less expensive than OEM manufacturer parts

  • Availability:

  • These parts are readily available at most independent auto-repair shops

Which Car Parts Are Most Expensive to Repair?

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

The most expensive auto parts to replace are:

  • Transmissions – $4,000 to $5,000
  • Brake Line – $1,000
  • Suspensions – Up to $3,000
  • Cylinders – Up to $10,000
  • Hybrid batteries – $6,000 and up

When Should You Request OEM Parts?

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

Which Vehicle Parts Are Covered or Not Covered Under Warranty?

A comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty necessarily doesn’t cover every single part. Car buyers, however, can usually choose something like an extended warranty, bumper-to-bumper, and factory warranty for the most comprehensive coverage. Even with 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.

Covered With Powertrain Warranty:

  • Transmission
  • Gaskets
  • Engine
  • Transfer Case
  • Axles

Covered Under Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty:

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

Extended Warranty Coverage:

  • Extends coverage of all items under original Factory Warranty

Not Covered Under Warranty

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

Should I Purchase Car Parts from Craigslist?

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.

Is Amazon a Good Place to Order Car Parts

Indisputably, Amazon is a reputed online marketplace that provides customers with an easy and convenient platform to buy quality auto parts. While most car parts sold by Amazon are from reliable sources, it can be a challenge to know if you’re getting the right product for your car or truck since you are not dealing with an auto service center directly.

Can You Order Car or Truck Parts at The Dealer?

Yes. The auto dealer is one of the best places to shop for car and truck parts. Most car dealers only source standard manufacturer parts. Best of all, they can help you find specific parts for your vehicle with its VIN .

Can You Bring Your Own Parts to The Auto Dealer?

You can always bring your own parts to a dealership. The car dealer,however, is unable to warranty the part you’ve purchased, nor will they be able to guarantee its performance. It is highly recommended to get your vehicle checked by an experienced service center at a local car dealer before buying any auto parts for installation. The factory-trained technician will also diagnose the actual problem and suggest the required replacement part, if needed.

Who Installs Aftermarket Auto Parts?

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

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