Tips & Advice
How much money can be saved by buying aftermarket parts?
Depending on the part and its overall quality, a good amount of money can be saved by purchasing aftermarket parts versus OEM parts. But aftermarket parts that are low in price might also be lower in quality and could do more harm than good to your car, or they may need to be replaced more frequently than a more expensive counterpart. This could lead to saving some money in the short term, but spending more than anticipated in the long term.
How much do new car tires cost?
The type of tires being purchased is the most significant determinant of their price. SUV tires are more costly than average car tires. And high-performance tires are more costly than economy grade tires. On average, standard tires for an average-sized vehicle are around $100 per tire. Standard tires for an SUV are around $150 and pick-up truck tires are about $200 on average. Some dealers offer discounts if purchasing more than one tire.
How long does it take to do a car inspection?
Car inspections typically take about an hour. However the wait time can be longer depending on how busy the shop is. Call ahead for an appointment to avoid long wait times.
Are aftermarket car parts as reliable as OEM parts?
Depending on the manufacturer, certain aftermarket parts can be just as reliable as Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. But one item within a vehicle, like oil filters for instance, could have multiple manufacturers and there could be inconsistencies in quality among them.
How much does it cost to replace a car windshield?
Costs of replacing a windshield can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors:
- Vehicle make and model
- How much of the cost insurance will cover
- Whether the windshield installers come to your location or you bring the vehicle to them
- Standard service costs of the windshield installers
Generally, newer and higher-end vehicles cost more to have their windshields replaced because certain manufacturers use modified or proprietary glass types.
How much does it cost to replace brakes?
The brake pads are the most oft-replaced part of the brake system, and new brake pads cost $150 on average. But there are other components involved in a full brake system, like calipers, rotors, and brake fluid. Replacing a complete brake system costs an average of $500.
How much does it cost to replace a car battery?
Batteries themselves can range between $50-$120 for a standard battery and $60-$200 for a premium battery. Installation costs can vary depending on who performs the installation--some retailers do free installations of batteries purchased from them. Others charge $10-$100 depending on hourly rates and whether there is a fee for recycling the old battery.
An Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part is a vehicle component made by the original manufacturer and intended to be put into vehicles manufactured by them.
What is an aftermarket car part?
This is any car part that is manufactured and/or sold after the vehicle’s original sale from the manufacturer.
What are the most commonly replaced car parts?
The most commonly replaced car parts are:
- Oil and oil filters
- Windshield wiper blades
- Air filters
- Brake pads
- Spark plugs
- Headlights, taillights, and their bulbs