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Where Can I Purchase Toyota Auto Parts in Anaheim CA?

There may be many instances that you need or want to buy new auto parts for your car, truck, or SUV. To help you decide, we've asked our automotive service and parts experts a few frequently asked questions. This is what they said.

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OEM Aftermarket Car Parts Answers

Should I Buy OEM Parts?

OEM auto parts is what the auto industry calls the "Original Equipment Manufacturer" parts. They are manufactured for specific car or truck models by the manufacturer. These are your vehicle's exact-matching parts. They come with a limited warranty. Service Centers use your VIN Number to source the right part for your car or truck.

  • Quality:

  • These branded manufacturer product parts guarantee reliable performance and quality.

  • Warranty:

  • These automobiles parts always come with a warranty.

  • Price:

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

  • Availability:

  • Car Dealers typically order certain OEM parts from the manufacturer. This may take a few days if it is not already in stock.

Should I Purchase Aftermarket Automotive Parts?

An aftermarket part is any part for a car that is not sourced directly from the vehicle's manufacturer, or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). These automotive parts are certainly less-expensive options for the repair of your vehicle and advancements. Local, independent shops and online retailers usually (though not necessarily) offer a variety of aftermarket automobile parts. These automobile parts are designed to function similarly as the OEM versions. However, aftermarket automotive parts have their own pros and cons.

  • Quality:

  • Low prices can signal a lack of quality

  • Warranty:

  • These parts don't come with a warranty

  • Price:

  • These parts are less expensive than OEM parts

  • Availability:

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

Which Automobile Parts Are The Most Expensive to Service?

While basic part costs range between $150 to $500, some part repairs can actually break a typical budget.

The car parts most expensive to replace are:

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

When Should You Order OEM Parts?

Always purchase OEM Manufacturer parts when it comes to collision repair. non-OEM auto parts may not fit right when your car, truck, or SUV has damaged body panels after a accident. Plus, an aftermarket part installation may void your lease vehicle warranty. As Such, always use OEM parts for all lease vehicle repairs.

Which Auto Parts Are Covered/Not Covered By Warranty?

A comprehensive manufacturer's warranty doesn't cover every single part. Car buyers, however, can choose something like a bumper-to-bumper warranty, factory warranty, or an extended warranty for the most comprehensive kind of coverage. Even with an extended warranty, all your vehicle's parts may not be covered. Here is a list of what's covered and what's not.

Powertrain Warranty Coverage:

  • Transmission
  • Gaskets
  • Engine
  • Transfer Case
  • Axles

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty Coverage:

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

Covered By Extended Warranty:

  • Extends coverage of all items under original Factory Warranty

Not Covered Under Warranty

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

Is Craigslist a Reliable Place to Buy 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.

Is Amazon a Good Place to Order Car Parts

Unquestionably, Amazon is a reputable online marketplace that provides customers with an easy and convenient site to purchase quality auto parts. While most car and truck parts sold by Amazon are from reliable sources, it can be hard to know if you're getting the correct product for your vehicle since you are not dealing with an auto expert directly.

Can You Get Car Parts at The Dealership?

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

Can You Bring Your Own Parts to The Auto Dealership?

You can always bring your own auto parts to a car dealer. However, the auto dealership can neither issue warranty on 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 ordering any auto parts for installation. The factory-trained mechanic will also be able to diagnose the actual problem and suggest the required replacement part, if needed.

Who Installs Aftermarket Parts?

Bring your aftermarket auto part to a local auto dealer to have it installed. Before installation, a service technician at the service center will check the aftermarket car part to see if it is a match for your car or truck. Even if they install the aftermarket part, however, the dealer can only warranty the labor.

Car Parts - FAQ