Auto Correct: OEM
When can you use aftermarket parts and when should you use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts? Allison suggests if it is a critical part on your vehicle - it makes it run or drive - use OEM - which can be bought at the dealer or at an auto parts store. Listen for more information!
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For more information on OEM check here: https://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/aftermarket-versus-manufacturer-car-parts.html
To file a Better Business Bureau Complaint: https://www.bbb.org/consumer-complaints/file-a-complaint/get-started
Here are the recalls for the week:
2020-21 Genesis G70, Kia Stinger: Dealers will inspect and repair the fuel pump assembly jet nozzle for free.
2017-2020 Honda Ridgeline: Dealers will install tethers onto any Honda Genuine Accessory tonneau cover to prevent panel separation and apply warning labels. Additionally, an updated accessory user’s information manual will be provided. Both will be done for free.
2020 Ford Mustang: Dealers will replace the brake pedal bracket assembly for free.
2020 Ford Expedition: Dealers will replace the seat belt buckle for free.
2020 Nissan Altima, Leaf and Maxima: Dealers will replace the back window glass for free.
2019 Ford Super Duty: Dealers will inspect the front axle wheel yoke weld location. If the weld is found to be inaccurately located, the axle assembly will be replaced for free.
2020-2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport: Dealers will apply the correct labels and update the instrument cluster software, respectively, for free.
Approximately 620,000 model-year 2020 Ford Edge, Escape, Expedition and Explorer SUVs; Ford F-150, Super Duty F-250 and F-350, and Ranger pickup trucks; Mustang coupes; Transit vans; and Lincoln Corsair and Nautilus SUVs: Dealers will replace the rearview camera for free.
You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and inputting your VIN number. Or find their SaferCar app.
Consumer Reports Gave the 'Never Buy' Label to 30 Used Cars. we’re going to caution you about: the PT Cruiser
Over the three years between 2006 to 2008, a PT Cruiser was a terrible choice if you wanted a reliable car. As a rule, Chrysler Group vehicles of the pre-recession era should be carefully inspected before you buy one.
Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/
https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.
If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. His review this week is on the 2020 Chevy Corvette https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams
What’s in the news:
When you go to buy a car at a dealer, when you speak with the finance department, if they try to sell you something and you know you are not interested . . . as soon as the pitch happens, just say, “No thanks, I’m not interested”. If the finance manager tries to sell you something again say: “I don’t mean to interrupt you, but I am only interested in buying the car and not any other products. If you can move through the paperwork quickly and get me out of here, I will give you a good score on your survey.” Survey results are VERY important to car dealers.