Save money when repairing your vehicle by using aftermarket auto body parts.

After an accident, the last thing you want to worry about is a huge repair bill. Using aftermarket auto body parts can often help you save money while repairing your vehicle.

Aftermarket auto body parts are also sometimes referred to as aftermarket crash parts or cosmetic repair parts. Bumpers, fenders, door panels, grills, hoods, wheel wells, and quarter panels are some of the many aftermarket auto body parts available.

Since many people believe that aftermarket auto body parts are of an inferior quality when compared to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, the Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has developed a testing and certification program for aftermarket auto body parts. CAPA is a non-profit organization that certifies nearly three million aftermarket auto body parts each year.

Research has indicated that the use of aftermarket auto body parts is safe; you won’t be sacrificing the safety of your vehicle’s occupants to save a few dollars. However, the use of aftermarket auto body parts for vehicle sub frames and other basic structural items is not recommended.

Aftermarket auto body parts meet any applicable federal standards. When you buy fog lights, turn signal lights, or tail lights, they have been tested to meet the same safety standards as OEM auto body parts. However, there are no currently guidelines regulating the use of purely cosmetic auto body parts.

Aftermarket auto body parts can be difficult to find for newer vehicles, but they are commonly available for most types of older vehicles. In many cases, using aftermarket auto body parts is the only way to keep a vehicle from being totaled after an accident.

The low cost of aftermarket auto body parts has made them a favorite of auto insurance companies. Many insurance companies will pressure body shops to use aftermarket auto body parts, even when the collision repairer believes their use is clearly inappropriate. If you have questions about how your insurance is affecting your vehicle’s repair, ask your collision repairer what he believes is the best course of action.

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