Q: What are Auto Parts?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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A vehicle is composed of a number of auto parts. Over time, it's inevitable that some forms of car service will be performed on any vehicle. Over the lifetime of your vehicle, you will need to replace the tires, windshield wipers, brake pads, battery, spark plugs, and countless other auto parts. The amount of time before a car part will need to be replaced can depend upon a number of factors, including how frequently you drive your car and what your driving habits are.

Beyond the replacement of stock auto parts, however, many consumers enjoy working on their own vehicles and making improvements that will improve the appearance of the vehicles or make them faster. Aftermarket auto parts make this customization possible. The term "aftermarket" means that the product you are installing in your vehicle is not part of the car's original manufacturer specifications.

Most performance parts are produced by aftermarket companies, because those companies are able to specialize in specific fields. Examples of aftermarket parts include wheels, graphics packages and exhaust manifolds. If you are handy enough, you may be able to install aftermarket auto parts on your own. Otherwise, you will need to hire a professional to install the parts for you.

It is important to understand that the use of an aftermarket auto part on your vehicle could potentially void the vehicle's original warranty. It is always important to carefully review the warranty from the manufacturer to determine if this is the case before any modifications are made with aftermarket parts. Furthermore, it is important to understand that aftermarket auto parts are designed specifically for certain makes and models. It is crucial to make certain that any auto parts you are considering installing in your vehicle fit the year, make and model.

It is also important to make certain that you do not violate any local laws or regulations when you install aftermarket auto parts. The level of window tinting, for example, varies among states. Emissions laws also vary from one state to another. It should never be assumed that an aftermarket auto part is legal to have installed in your vehicle in the area where you live .

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