How can I “Keep it Real”? Advice for Keeping Your Toyota a Toyota (or Your Volvo a Volvo)
Are you keeping your Toyota a Toyota? When you vehicle is serviced, are you confident that you are getting genuine Toyota parts installed to replace genuine Toyota parts? If you are not sure, you may not be keeping your Toyota a Toyota! Slowly, your vehicle is becoming less of the quality vehicle that you selected.
If you have your vehicle serviced at a local service station or quick-lube or alternative vehicle service provider, it is likely that the parts being used do not meet the same standards as genuine Toyota parts. You may be compromising the quality of your vehicle.
According to Wikipedia, “In purchasing parts at national, discount auto parts, many parts will have OEM prominently displayed but followed by a qualifier such as “meets OEM standards.” Such auto parts are not OEM; they are simply claiming to have been manufactured to the same specifications as the OEM parts—specifications that may well be unpublished and unknowable.” Buyer beware!
Most aftermarket parts are manufactured in China and not the same quality as the original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) parts, nor are they covered under warranty. They may be cheaper in price, but they are often a great example of “you get what you pay for.” Those parts are sometimes inferior and may not last as long, or they may warp or overheat.
My advice to you is to ask. Assuming it is important to you to maintain the quality of your vehicle, ask your service advisor if any parts being replaced will be replaced with genuine Toyota or Volvo parts. This is your vehicle and you have every right to make an informed decision that protects your safety, warranties and your wallet—especially for the long-term.
In some cases, the only replacement parts available for a Toyota may be factory re-manufactured. That situation is actually a benefit for the consumer as both parts and labor are under warranty by Toyota for 12 months/12,000 miles, as long as it is provided by a certified Toyota dealer like Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion. Common re-manufactured parts include an alternator, transmission, starter or A/C compressor.
Whether you have a Toyota or a Volvo, you have chosen to drive a quality vehicle from manufacturers that put a great emphasis in quality, including replacement parts. In addition to keeping up with the recommended maintenance, we recommend you keep your Toyota a Toyota and your Volvo a Volvo by using genuine parts designed for your vehicle.
At Jaffarian, we always believe you and your vehicle deserve the best, and that includes OEM parts. Demand the best. Get the best. This includes preserving the quality of your vehicle. Keep your Toyota a Toyota and your Volvo a Volvo! Buyer beware!