Top 5 Questions to Ask at an Auto Parts Store

Are you confused by shopping for car parts? You’re not alone – a vehicle is a complex object, and if you don’t understand all the ins and outs of how it works, it can be pretty intimidating to buy the components to keep it running. So, to guide you in the auto parts shopping process, ask these questions when you do that. Then, you can make sure that every penny you spend isn’t going to waste.

What is the difference between the OEM and the Aftermarket parts?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer – these parts are made by the manufacturer that makes the vehicle. For example , Toyota makes parts of Toyota. These parts are designed by the manufacturer specifically for the manufactures and models they offer. On the other hand, aftermarket parts are designed by non-manufacturer companies. When you use aftermarket car parts, you will want to check that they are compatible with your car and that they do not cancel any warranties or leases that you may have on the vehicle.

Are the Parts Compatible with My Vehicle?

Perhaps the main thing you want to make sure when you buy the car parts — whether you’re buying them new or used — is that they’re going to work properly with your car. After all, if they’re not the right fit for your vehicle, they’re not going to work well, even if they’re of good quality. Many websites that sell car parts allow you to enter the make , model, model year and trim level of your vehicle, making it easy for you to determine whether or not the parts you are looking at are fit.

Is There a Warranty on These Parts?

Of course, you’re going to want to buy parts that are going to work well and hold up. One good way you can help ensure that you are buying high-quality parts and that you are protected in the event that the parts are not of high quality is to make sure that they have some kind of warranty, even if it is only a short-term warranty. Sometimes even used or rebuilt car parts actually come with warranty.

Can I buy used car parts for my vehicle? 

Technically, yes. Is it recommended? No. Buying used parts is not a smart investment. Yes, they are cheaper. But they have already gone through wear and tear on another vehicle which means they will likely need repairs or wear out faster than a new part, costing you more money. Is it worth it long-term?

Do These Parts Come Well-Reviewed?

If you are buying parts from an aftermarket brand, it’s a good idea to search for online reviews. Then you can find out a little more about the experiences that other vehicle owners might have had with the brand or part that you’re thinking about buying.

Buying car parts can be a great thing, but you’ll definitely want to find the answers to these questions before you make a purchase. Then, you can help make sure you’re happy with your purchase and can help prevent any problems.

These following  amazing auto parts stores are located near Blackhawk, California:

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts (San Ramon)
  • Monument Car Parts (San Ramon)
  • Allied Auto Stores (San Ramon)
  • Costco Tire Center (Danville)
  • AutoZone Auto Parts (Pleasanton)
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts (Dublin)
  • Carquest Auto Parts (Walnut Creek)
  • AutoZone Auto Parts (Livermore)

All of these wonderful auto parts stores are located just a short distance from our location at 3600 Camino Tassajara! Stop by for a visit anytime!

By Jon ‘ShakataGaNai’ Davis, CC BY 3.0,