DO NOT POST Tips for auto parts newbies

June 10, 2011 12:00 AM

A new report from reveals that more drivers are doing their own repairs, which likely means a higher percentage of buyers in the market for auto parts. To help first-time DIY drivers out, the website listed some of the auto industry myths that amateur mechanics should heed.

First up is the concept that original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are always better than aftermarket ones. This perception is likely caused by the fact that OEM parts are more expensive. While true in some instances, this is not always the case. OEM parts are typically outsourced to some of the same companies that make aftermarket parts. And while an OEM is designed for a specific vehicle, aftermarket producers are able to see how a part performs over time and if any improvements can be made.

Drivers should also be aware that using aftermarket parts does not void their warranty, thanks to a recently enacted law that allows drivers to use aftermarket parts or third-party mechanics without fear of losing their coverage.

Shoppers should also keep in mind that many garages will install parts that a driver has purchased online, which can lead to some significant savings. Of course, some may refuse, so this is something that should be discussed ahead of time.

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