February 16th, 2010
If you drive a Lexus vehicle you know that performance is important. When it comes to repairs it is also important to install OEM Lexus auto parts to maintain that high performance you are looking for. But what if you OEM Lexus auto parts are not in your budget? Luckily there are aftermarket or non-OEM Lexus auto parts that have the quality you are looking for at a price that is right.
OEM or Original Equipment Manufacture parts are made by the same company that made your vehicle. Non-OEM auto parts are made by a third party who offers the equivalent of the OEM parts for your vehicle.
Lexus auto parts ensure quality whether it is an OEM part or aftermarket part. Lexus auto parts are made to perform with you vehicle. Often the question of quality comes up in choosing OEM or aftermarket parts. It is a personal choice but it is always a good idea to ask your mechanic which parts are better for your vehicle’s overall performance. Often they can tell you which parts will perform well and which ones do not.
Lexus auto parts come with a guarantee of performance and that should provide you with peace of mind in knowing that if you do happen to get a defective part, it will be replaced.
You also have the option of purchasing discount Lexus auto parts from various third party auto parts dealers either in you locale or online. Your mechanic can tell you the parts you need and you can purchase them on your own and in the process save yourself some money. Of course you will have to pay for the labor to install the parts on your vehicle but the overall price may be a lot less if you do it this way.
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January 4th, 2010
Chevrolet is one of the most well-established brands in the world. It’s been the linchpin and best-seller of GM since Durant started it. There were times in the past when Chevrolet sold more than half of the cars in the U.S. That makes the parts picture pretty rosy.
There is a problem with Chevrolet parts, though. Every shadetree mechanic in the country firmly believes that “they’re all the same.” Countermen are constantly bombarded by parts returned to them with the admonition that they must have sold the wrong part. A little investigation always reveals that the customer didn’t give the right year, or that he assumed the date on the door was the model year. This may sound petty, but the owners of Chevrolets are particularly dense when it comes to obtaining the basic information represented by “make, year, and model.” Let this be a warning: they are not all the same.
That said, they are all very similar. The two basic engines used by Chevrolet for decades, the small-block V8 and the straight 6, have been manufactured in the tens of millions. There are mountains of new and used parts out there. One advantage of this is that aftermarket vendors have taken it upon themselves to make improved versions of the original parts. This applies to every engine part, and many chassis and trim parts. It is possible to put together a greatly improved version of many Chevrolet models by using superior aftermarket parts. This doesn’t apply to sheet metal, however, the O.E. always fits best.
Newer Chevrolets have nothing in common with these older models, except that they are still the best combination of economy and performance on the market. The owner of a Chevrolet never has to worry about breaking down in the boonies. If he does break down, the local garage will have his parts on the shelf or have them delivered in an hour. This is not something one could say of Audi or Lexus, for instance. And we won’t go into the legendary durability and simplicity of the Chevrolet pickup.
December 31st, 2009
The all-new 2010 Cadillac CTS is now making its way into driveways across the nation. Thanks to the long, reliable history of the Cadillac name, consumers can be assured that the latest models will continue to uphold this legacy. Replacement Cadillac auto parts for this model will include the basic replacement items, such as oil pan gaskets, belts, hoses, or spark plugs, but even these items will not be needed for many years.
According to consumer reviews, the Cadillac CTS is regarded as one of the better GM cars that has been built within the last 10 years. Its sleek style and high level of versatility makes it highly competitive with other similar luxury vehicles across the globe. It is stylish both inside and out, while making for a pleasurable driving experience. Yet, some consumers may choose to use additional Cadillac auto parts for customization purposes.
Few complaints can be found among consumer reviews. Some consumers adore the new front seats, while others say the back support does not meet the same high quality as other models. Opinions seem to be split 50/50 on this issue. Therefore, it is a wise decision to take the Cadillac CTS on a test drive before committing to a purchase agreement, to be certain that the car works with your body type. For those who love the car but hate the seats, after-market alternative seats can be found through Cadillac auto parts distributors.
The 2010 version of the Cadillac CTS features a redesigned base engine. The 3.0L V6 engine now features a direct-injection fuel system, which translates into better fuel efficiency while keeping the strong legendary Cadillac performance. The high-performance version of the CTS, the 2010 Cadillac CTS-V, has won a tremendous amount of praise and admiration for its level of performance. Cadillac also plans to unveil a wagon version later in the 2010 fiscal year.
While the CTS may not be quite as stealthy or athletic as its high-performance competitors, Infiniti’s G37 and BMW’s 3-Series, it offers a much nicer driver-friendly experience than either model. While both the BMW and the Infiniti are quicker cars, speed does not make up for comfort while driving, which is why many consumers choose the Cadillac above these models. In addition, Cadillac auto parts are much more cost efficient and easier to obtain than parts for the competitor’s models.
December 29th, 2009
Thanks to the latest edition to the Chinese Buick automobiles on the Chinese market, more Buick auto parts will now be manufactured and shipped overseas. GM’s latest addition to the Chinese market, the Excelle XT, is the latest five-door vehicle to hit the streets and highways of the country. Designed to accommodate the compact hatchback enthusiast, it will be available for sale in Chinese showrooms across the country in 2010.
The Excelle is designed in the same manner as the soon to be released Chevrolet Cruze, with a front-wheel drive mechanism. The car will be available with three different engine choices: a 1.6L turbocharged version with 181 hp and as much as 196 lb-ft torque while operating in the Superboost mode, a peppy 1.8L mill, 128-hp engine, or a smaller, naturally aspired 1.6L, 116-hp four-cylinder version. A manual transmission is not available with this model at this time. Instead, an automatic gear box with six-speed capabilities come standard.
While a business relationship exists between Buick and the Chinese auto industry overseas, obtaining Buick auto parts may prove to be difficult for some. Should repairs be necessary, Excelle owners may have to request their replacement parts from American manufacturing companies. Shipment of these parts may be costly and time consuming. Buick is currently working to establish additional manufacturing plants in China to accommodate these needs.
The biggest question on everyone’s mind as related to this latest Buick model is whether or not the Excelle XT will grace American soil, where it would be welcomed among other similar models such as the LaCrosse and the Regal in the domestic lineup. For Americans, the sedan with four doors seems to make more practical sense and appeals to Buick’s home-grown image and buyer’s tastes. Therefore, it is possible that a four door version of the Excelle may be introduced to the U.S. market in the future. Certainly, obtaining Buick auto parts for this model would be much easier within the states than overseas. In some cases, the consumer could simply call the parts department of GM and order the items themselves!
December 28th, 2009
A recent uptick in parts theft from series 3 and 5 BMWs has owners worried. Currently, the rash of parts thefts has been centered in the Los Angeles area, but fears are that it might spread nationwide.
Thieves have a ‘unique trick’ for getting into BMWs, said Detective Mike Smith who works auto theft in the Wilshire Division of the LAPD. And what are they going after? Primarily air bags, sometimes leaving expensive, but identifiable items like cell phones and laptops alone.
This rash of airbag theft doesn’t seem to be related to the recall in Series 3 and 5 Bimmers last year, nor the problems with the side impact airbags. The recall had to do with deployment, the actual airbags were fine.
Ask your insurance agent for coverage limits on vandalism and theft, not from the automobile, but of parts taken out. Some policies may limit your protection — exclusions have been around for items like tires and catalytic converters for years. Your agent will know the specifics of your policy.
A replacement bag and installation can cost you upwards of a thousand dollars per bag. Interestingly, BMW airbags can be found on eBay for as little as $175. Of course, something from eBay doesn’t include proper installation and may have come from a disreputable source, or even a burglary.
Without shady aftermarket deals, the demand for high-end stolen car parts wouldn’t be nearly as great. But with the extremely high repair and maintenance at dealerships, it is likely thieves will continue to target these vehicles. By focusing on airbags, the criminals can get in and out of a car in about 40 seconds. As of November, the speed of the attack has left the LAPD with no arrests for this targeted crime.
The best advice from the police is to leave your BMW in a secure area. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible.
December 22nd, 2009
Acura started in 1986 as a way for Honda to expand its U.S. dealer network without alienating the existing one. Initially it consisted of two model lines: the Legend and the Integra. The venture was driven by Honda’s desire for entry into the luxury-car segment. Market research showed there was a limit to how much people would pay for a Honda, regardless of how posh it was. These efforts were initially confined to North America. Acura is gradually introducing the brand to other markets, with their home market due to receive it soon.
Honda knew that Acura was a good idea when Toyota and Nissan copied it a few years later. Of the three ventures, it could be fairly said that Lexus has been the most successful. But it can also be said that Acura has introduced some of the most unique and entertaining cars sold anywhere. At the top would be the NSX. It is basically an Italian supercar built in Japan and sold for a quarter of the price. Although production of these cars was never large, they were effective in raising the profile of Acura’s products.
Being essentially Hondas, Acura cars come under the same guidelines when it comes to repairs and parts. Body parts are not common in salvage yards, but the dealer network is very customer-oriented. Parts that are not locally available are expedited from around the country. Mechanical parts are shared, mostly, with Hondas. These can be obtained easily, and the aftermarket offers robust support. Repairs are best sourced at the dealer or a specialist mechanic. It’s not so much that the cars are difficult to work on, or too complex, but that they are different. A mechanic who is familiar with Acura’s production and service practices can perform more timely and effective repairs. In particular, Acura’s engine assembly practices are very different from those of others.
Acuras are innovative and excellent cars. They are a pleasure to own, and seldom need to be repaired. The extra work that Honda put into the brand has paid off.
December 10th, 2009
The Audi is the mechanical brainchild of the German auto industry, famous for legendary handling and performance under a wide variety of road conditions. These performance capabilities depend on specific Audi auto parts, all of which require routine replacement in specific intervals. These parts are relatively inexpensive when compared to other high performance vehicles. Likewise, they are quite easy to install for the mechanic with a beginner’s level of knowledge in auto repair. Purchasing Audi auto parts and engaging in the repair process may not be fun, but neglecting the repairs can quickly turn into a costly situation.
Many Audi auto parts need to be replaced after routine use or a specific period of time. For example, the Audi may bounce along the highway much more than usual after hitting a large pothole in the road. In this case, new shocks may need to be installed. This is not to say that new shocks must be installed after hitting every bump in the road. Rather, the Audi may need the shocks replaced more frequently if you drive over rough terrain or in areas where holes are common in the roadway.
Fuel system components are another area that needs regular inspection and maintenance. Saving money on fuel is on the mind of every consumer today. If the Audi is operating with a clogged or dirty filter, as much as 5% of the fuel could be wasted, an expense that adds up quickly over a year’s time. Other Audi auto parts that may need to be replaced inside the fuel system include the PCV valve, O2 sensor, and the fuel filter. The fuel injectors inside the Audi, as in the case of many other vehicles, can be easily clogged. While fuel delivery through fuel injectors is highly efficient on the market today, they are intended to be precision devices. When any portion of the injector becomes clogged, their usefulness is greatly decreased.
The Audi one of the most reliable vehicles on the road, but typically a few minor replacement parts will be required. New radiator hoses will typically need to be purchased and installed every two years. Belts wear out on a regular basis in the Audi and will need to be replaced. While some Audi models will perform well beyond the manufacturer’s intended years, these items will wear out frequently. Audi owners should pay attention to these areas, thereby ensuring that their vehicles run at peak performance for years to come.
December 8th, 2009
Ever since Roger Penske opted out of buying the Saturn name, things went downhill for both the company’s employees and customers. He falsely raised everyone’s hopes by considering the brand, but recently, he went back on his decision. Don’t lose hope yet; there are still plenty of back-ordered parts and experts on the vehicles make-up.
Places like Firestone, Jiffy Lube, and Pep Boys will still be able to do repairs and maintenance on your Saturn as always, but acquiring certain parts may be more difficult than in previous years. Saturn cars are still made with GM parts, and the automobile mogul has been smart enough to use similar (if not identical) parts in all of its brands, making ordering and repairing an easy task.
Ordering parts can still be done online, through GM, or through an auto shop that specializes in repairs. The brand’s demise was a recent one; there are still numerous cars and options out there. A word of caution: Just because most of the parts can still be purchased, don’t get too comfortable. Depending on how old your model is, you may run into problems within a few years. Small parts like automatic window switches or locks may be scarce as time goes on, but there are almost always alternatives to dealership parts.
Saturn’s cars are showing up more frequently on used car lots now that the company has gone under, due to owners panicking about parts and other scheduled maintenance. Just because the dealership isn’t open any longer doesn’t mean you can’t get your car fixed; you may not be able to get an exact replica through your insurance company in the event of a car accident (resulting in a totaled vehicle), but there are still Saturns out there for consumers. Saturn is a relatively fuel-efficient, family-friendly car, and they are still available if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.
December 7th, 2009
QAParts.com has officially setup our new blog and you guessed it – its our first post. We plan to skin the site to match our theme. Hopefully we’ll be updating the market weekly with news regarding the sale of used parts. Many things are going on in the White House that are effectng our industry and the ability for vendors to sell quality used parts. Its pretty ridiculous why anyone would want to hamper efforts to recycle things considering we are going through our natural resources like its going out of style. At any rate stay posted for more updates!