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Save 10% on parts and accessories at NaPa auto Parts auto iq Parts Unknown How to make sure your car parts are up to speed By mark richardson about 30,000 parts, from spark plugs and pistons to each small screw that helps hold those thousands of parts in place. While there are no strict government standards for auto parts, there are clearly defined specifications from the vehicle’s manufacturer for those thousands of parts. They must be the The average car contains Good, Better, Best replacement parts are often sold according to quality, so what’s the difference? correct size, of course, but they must also be built to precise tolerances to ensure they don’t break or wear out too quickly. A screw securing a door lock must be tightened to a set torque; brake pads must be able to withstand particular temperatures. When the time comes to replace a component, how can you be sure it’s authentic and the best part for the job? Start by purchasing it from a trusted, reputable source, says Michael Raven, director of major accounts for NAPA Canada Inc., which operates 19 stores in Manitoba. “Our product team works with a global supply chain to ensure we have the best fit for specific parts. We also source top-tier vehicle parts for the Canadian marketplace,” Raven says. When purchasing a part for your vehicle—ideally from a NAPA store or CAA Approved Auto Repair Services (AARS) garage—a service tech should advise you on the choices available, and make sure all parts have a warranty. “Any trustworthy facility will assess your driving habits and conditions to determine the best option for your vehicle,” Raven adds. Aftermarket parts are often manufactured by the same companies that made the original parts for the automaker. “Over the years, the aftermarket has worked out all the kinks,” says Bryce Perry, NAPA’s general sales manager for Manitoba. “If warranty claims keep coming back on a certain part, the manufacturer will fix it to make that part better.” Reputable stores like NAPA also conduct regular quality checks on parts. But be wary of online purchases: It’s buyer beware if you Google a replacement part and order it from a foreign source, which may not follow your automaker’s specs. So how can you be sure of a part’s quality? “Ask questions,” Perry suggests. “Does it meet the automaker’s minimum standards? Where is the manufacturer based? You can even look at the packaging and see if it’s in French and English, which would indicate it’s standard for Canada.” GOOD BETTER BEST meets the automaker’s minimum original requirements. safe to use, but may not last as long, or work as effectively as possible. a good option if you don’t plan to keep the vehicle. improved over the original part, so it might last longer or perform better than when the vehicle was new. it will be a bit more expensive. the latest model of part using the most up-to- date technology. over the long term, it will probably give the best value for your repair budget. cAA maNitoBa fall 2018 29