May 2014 Issue

Aftermarket Plastic: Betters OEM In Price

There are plenty of options for replacing old plastic components. Save money and install them yourself, but don’t expect a fit that’s exactly like an OEM part.

Because of design, certification and insurance costs, the OEM industry is hobbled with a rather arcane system of pricing replacement parts. When it comes to interior plastic parts—like a window molding, hinge cover or a glove box overlay, for example—a couple of dollars’ worth of plastic becomes a $400 part simply because of its unique shape and application.

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