Frequently Asked Questions About Car Parts

Whether you're an avid DIYer or you're interested in performing routine maintenance for the first time, you may have some questions about the car parts that you'll need to use. To help our New Bedford, Dartmouth, Acushnet, and Fairhaven MA area drivers, we've created a list of answers to the most asked car parts questions.

  • Should I Buy OEM Parts?

OEM parts stand for "Original Equipment Manufacturer" parts and are made at the same manufacture as the original parts your vehicle was purchased with. Replacing broken or worn parts with an OEM part is essential for keeping your Ford vehicle as new as possible. Many OEM parts also come with a manufacturer's warranty. Buying OEM parts whenever is possible is a good strategy to make your vehicle long-lasting.

  • When Should You Request OEM Parts?

You should always ask for OEM parts after a collision. Aftermarket parts won't fit as well and won't keep your Ford vehicle like new. You should also use OEM parts for any leased vehicle because using aftermarket parts may void the leasing warranty.

  • Should I Get Aftermarket Auto Parts?

An aftermarket part doesn't come directly from the brand's manufacturer. These parts tend to be less expensive and are sold in a wide array of places, not just the dealer's service center. They also may be less quality, though, and may not fit your vehicle as well as OEM parts will.

  • Who Installs Aftermarket Parts?

You can bring your aftermarket part to the service center at the dealership, and the technicians will install them. They will, of course, not be able to warranty the part, just the labor. You should be able to also bring your car to a local garage with the aftermarket part.

  • How Do I Choose Between OEM Auto Parts and After Market Parts?

Most of the time, the choice between OEM and aftermarket parts comes down to the price and quality. If the repair is a critical part of your vehicle, it's highly recommended to use an OEM part because it offers dependable performance. A part with a shorter shelf life, such as brake pads, could be an aftermarket part.

  • Should I Buy Car Parts from Amazon?

There's no denying that Amazon is a great place to buy lots of things. That being said, purchasing car parts on Amazon may be a challenge because you won't know exactly what type of seller you're dealing with.

  • Can You Purchase Auto Parts at The Car Dealer?

Yes! You can buy OEM auto parts at the car dealer, which is one of the best places to purchase car parts.

  • Can You Bring Your Own Parts to The Dealer?

Yes. Make sure to contact the service center to make sure that it's okay. Most parts brought to the service center won't be covered by a warranty, though.

  • Where Do I Buy New Auto Parts?

You can buy new auto parts from the dealer, an aftermarket parts shop, and virtually.

  • Where Do I Buy Used Auto Parts?

There are many different places that you can purchase used auto parts, including online, private vendors, public stores, and more.

  • What is a Refurbished Auto Part?

It is a used part that's been remanufactured back to industry standards by professional technicians.

  • What is the Difference between Remanufactured, Refurbished, and Rebuilt Auto Parts?

Remanufactured and refurbished parts are the same thing in the auto world. Rebuilt is when parts are taken from other vehicles and used in a different vehicle.

  • What Advice Do I Need When Shopping For Used Auto Parts?

Make sure you know what the warranty, price, and return policy is for any used auto part you purchase.

  • Which Parts Are Most Expensive to Repair?

Some of the most expensive parts to repair are hybrid batteries, engines, cylinders, transmissions, suspensions, and brake lines.

  • What Car Parts Are Covered or Not Covered By Warranty?

What parts are covered or not covered by a warranty depends on what brand of vehicle you purchased, if the vehicle is new or used, and what type of warranty it offers. Most new cars come with a powertrain warranty, which covers the engine, transmission, etc. Many times, scheduled maintenance, wear and tear, interior damage, and accidental damage are not covered by warranties.

  • What Do I Do With Old or Defective Auto Parts I No Longer Need?

If you don't need these auto parts, you can either donate, recycle, or sell them to a parts store or metal recycling center.