3 reasons you shouldn’t bring your own part to the mechanicMay 12, 2022
We’ve all purchased something off the internet and been frustrated when the item we receive is a cheap, low-quality version of the item we actually wanted. When it comes to auto parts, often is the case that you “get what you pay for.” When you do your own part-sourcing, it’s very hard to ensure the quality and safety of the part. For household items that may be a risk worth taking. When it comes to parts that keep you safe on the road, we think it’s better safe than sorry.
“Buying your own aftermarket parts can lead to fit and quality issues and the shop you bring it to will not always warranty any work that is done on parts that are provided for them vs parts they choose. It can be a liability for the shop to use parts from suppliers they are not familiar with.” (Brian Healy, Director of Operations at CarCare To Go)
The fact of the matter is that aftermarket parts aren’t built specifically for your car. So, while it may be cheaper in the short term, it often won’t be a perfect fit and/or may not last as long as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) part.
Here’s a scenario: your Check Engine Light comes on. You’re an experienced car owner so you have a code reader. You read the code, and it tells you something is up with the catalytic converter. So far, so good. You order a new catalytic converter on a site for $350 – what seems like a great deal. Then, you bring your car to the mechanic and ask them to install the new part and explain the code you got on your code reader.
Well, once the technician gets under the hood and does a diagnostic, it becomes clear that the problem is more complex or different than you initially thought and you actually need a different part than the one you purchased. You see where we’re going with this? Sometimes ordering parts is simple, but more often than not mechanic’s have great relationships with parts suppliers both OEM and after market.
Here at CarCare, our warranty is a point of pride for us. All CarCare services come with a 12,000 mile/12 month warranty on all work we do. If you bring your own parts, we can’t provide a warranty on the parts because we can’t attest to the quality or where the part came from. For full protection of the investments you make in your vehicle and maintenance, it’s wise to ensure you get full warranty on all work you have completed.
If you’re looking for more insights on things every car owners should know, check out this article by Porch for more tips from the pros.