Q: Is there a difference between the big auto parts store brand parts and the parts purchased at the car dealer? The difference in the dealer price to the auto parts store price can sometimes be double the price.
A: I try to use original factory whenever possible. In some cases the factory parts can be the same price as the after-market or even less. In other cases the part price can be more than double. Now to the quality – with experience, the technician knows what’s good and what’s bad. Some of the original manufacturers offer a 12-month parts and labor warranty. If your repair shop uses Alldata they will be able to get the part numbers, pricing, repair time and step-by-step procedure, print it out and give it to you after the repair is completed.