The Factory Aftermarket
by Pat Goss
When it comes to accessories and high performance parts for your automobile, the line between the aftermarket and the dealership, well, it’s becoming decidedly blurred. See there are all sorts of things that are available through the dealership today to accessorize your car or to improve its performance, appearance or sound. All of them have catalogues that list the various things that they have. This can range anywhere from apparel right straight through some hardcore performance items. Now here we have a trailer hitch that, this is a manufacturer’s part, and it comes with some neat pieces like these units right here that go up inside the frame to make bolting it to the car a lot easier. Well, that might not be part of the package if this was an aftermarket part.
Now, one of the things that you have to consider is that the dealer part in many cases may be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty for the duration of that warranty or an extended warranty that you have. So that’s something to think about and see if it applies. Now some of the things that you could do, you could in many cases improve your braking system with high performance brake pads from the dealer. Most manufacturers make them these days. Then we have things like spring kits. Many manufacturers make spring kits to improve handling or to lower the vehicle, or in some cases to do both. Then the hardcore, high performance things like this Mopar from Chrysler. This is a Mopar high performance computer for a Neon. Now if you look at it, it talks about emissions and carb and so on. It’s emissions exempt, and it does have a P starting out its part number. Now that P means performance, and it also means there’s no warranty on this part. It is sold as is.
Here we have from Toyota TRD a high performance muffler to improve performance and to improve the sound and the look of the vehicle. Even to things like wheels, most manufacturers offer optional wheels so that you can improve the look of the wheels themselves, one of the focal points of any automobile. Now, if you’re thinking about accessorizing or modifying your car, do your homework, check the aftermarket, check with the dealer, see who has the best price, the best quality, and the best guarantee. You can make it a pretty painless operation.
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