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Currently, car components are made in much the same way they have been for decades. Metal parts are stamped out by gigantic presses that are both horrifically expensive and energy intensive. Divergent 3D's founder and CEO, Kevin Czinger, found this out first hand when he co-founded an earlier company that built electric vehicles. He told Ars:


Divergent 3D's technology uses direct-metal laser sintering. Layers of aluminum alloy powder are built up to create the necessary parts or to build molds for non-metallic components. And because complex shapes can be created easily, parts that until now have been made of several pieces that have to be welded together can be created as single pieces.

Right now, Divergent 3D and its partners are working on structural parts and suspension components, but over time "large complex structures like cylinder heads and engine blocks will be 3D printed," Czinger told us. The goal is to cut the number of parts per vehicle by three-quarters and to reduce the weight of a vehicle's "body-in-white" by half. And as we all know, the lighter your vehicle, the more fuel efficient it is. According to Czinger, his parts are 10-15 percent lighter than T6 aluminum, but with the same stiffness.

Earlier this week, we asked you to name the car parts you feel OK about cheaping out on. Ideally, we'd all have Musk money and could grab gilded washers for every project. But if you're new to the DIY world and want some insights on where it's least-bad to cut corners, here are the best insights we gathered from our ever-brilliant commentariat.

User Jimal mentioned a hack for getting discounts on high-quality parts. Being proactive when it comes to car-part shopping might also mean jumping on a great deal when you see one, even if it's not something you need at the moment.

If you've got a Toyota use Aisin aftermarket parts since they generally are making the actual Toyota parts, but at like half the price. Usually they grind off where the Toyota lettering is on the castings. A lot of the Beck Arnley stuff I suspect is actually OEM as well. A lot of their bearing are Koyo's like Toyota uses, but much cheaper. I kind of feel like fan belts it doesn't matter too much which brand you use. Aaron

Aisin, Denso, NGK for the Japanese brands (Toyota owns Aisin, and is the single largest shareholder of Denso). Bosch, ATE, Wahler, M.A.N.N., Boge, TRW, and Continental for most of the Euro brands. Mando for the KIA and Hyundai. RockAuto has a great selection of all of these. Beck Arnley I stay away from....especially any reman parts. I've had a very high initial fail rate. Bird2112

Let me provide some context to this discussion for readers who don't know, because this is good intel. OEM (from the factory) parts are generally the highest-quality replacement items you're going to get. But car companies don't make every part that goes into their product. For example, the spark plugs in my Honda Civic are "Honda Genuine Parts" but they're made by another company (actually two companies, Denso and NGK made factory plugs for the eighth-gen Civic).

... while I do agree, in practice I don't see any reason why you shouldn't pay the extra $5-10 for quality oil, especially since changing your oil every 5k means you're probably only changing it 2-3 times per year ... If you are paying to have it changed, the "premium" service including high quality oil is often significantly more expensive, and that is one scenario where I think it does make sense to get the cheap oil change and just make sure to change it every 3-5k. CosmikMotorsports

If you've got an older car, factory parts are either excessively hard to find and/or expensive. Unless you've got a classic that you're trying to keep stock, the more reputable aftermarket companies are fine. ... anything you get from an auto parts store is usually satisfactory. I've used them for engine mounts, starters, ball joints, CV axles, etc. I avoid eBay shit like the plague. Merovingian1685

Having a car on the road is not one of life's cheapest pleasures. Cars are money pits, and the maw opens wider if you're restoring or modifying a vehicle for fun. To help your fellow readers prioritize where to put their money when it comes to car maintenance, we wanted to ask you: Which car parts can you generally get away with going cheaper on?

I'm moseying through my mid-30s now, and I've been tinkering with old cars for over a decade. One car forum adage I generally adhere to nowadays is "buy once, cry once." That means when I need to replace a part, I usually research a high-quality one and install it even if cheaper alternatives exist. But not everyone has that luxury. I certainly didn't when I first started swinging wrenches in my dad's garage circa 2004. And just because you can afford top-shelf parts doesn't necessarily mean they'll benefit you. A Honda Civic LX doesn't need Spoon brake lines, for example.

Perry Zucker, a New York accident-reconstruction engineer, said he has investigated many crashes involving cars with replacement parts that failed to react properly, as would costlier parts made by the manufacturers.

However, they will also be of original quality. The dealer parts counter will have access to the latest revisions of parts. Manufacturers make changes to parts over time to improve on weaknesses and flaws. So, if the price is of secondary importance, the dealer is the place to shop.

The other places to look for parts include the auto parts shops/jobbers. Jobbers are auto parts warehouses that you find in your phone book or online. Here you can find replacement parts, usually at lower prices. But check all possible sources, including the dealer, for your parts.

The smart thing to do in 2021 and beyond is to do online research. An increasing number of websites are selling used car parts that work perfectly well. All you need to do is to create a list of websites that are shipping products in your location at an affordable price.

Jobber parts are often knockoffs, not made for the original manufacturer, and produced overseas. But they could also be the identical parts you would get from the dealer, packaged differently. Ask the seller about the part, as they often get their parts from many sources.

We would recommend you go online and search for the part you need to check the price and availability. Always check several sources and then check with local auto parts suppliers. That way, you are less likely to overpay!

Salvage yards may not be your best option. Many car owners have reported that the salvage yards typically charge one-half of the retail price dealers charge. That is for parts that are used. What is unknown is how long they have left in their usable lifespan for this price. New jobber parts can often be gotten for the same price salvage yards charge.

  • Trying to get your car back on the road can be frustrating because you want to: Quickly find the right part to fit your vehicle

  • Avoid paying for OEM and aftermarket parts

  • Dodge that expensive repair shop to fix your vehicle

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Paying for new or even used auto parts can take a major bite out of your wallet. Many car owners, shop owners, and dealerships are looking for a way to find discount auto parts for less money. We think we have the solution at FM 600 Wrecking by providing cheap used cars, used truck parts, and a variety of other car parts to the people in the Abilene, TX area.

When your car breaks down, getting it fixed can sometimes be a daunting task. It goes without saying that you want your car fixed properly and back on the road as soon as possible, but leaving it entirely up to a mechanic to purchase the parts for you is usually unsettling. You don't know exactly what's being put into your car and you might get stuck with an astronomical bill in the end.

By shopping for car parts online, you can give yourself peace of mind by knowing that you're getting quality parts without paying outrageous dealership prices (that is, if you know what you're looking for).

As the owner of three vintage BMWs, I've had my fair share of breakdowns and these are the places I like to shop. Obvious brands like Pep Boys and Advance Auto Parts, as well as lesser-known locations to shop for parts like Walmart and Amazon, have all made the list.

With over 5,000 stores across the country, Advance Auto Parts is one of the most accessible places to buy car parts. The retailer sells everything from basic maintenance parts like brakes, batteries, and suspensions, to other essentials like fluids, cleaning products, and accessories. Although you can have items shipped to your home from Advanced Auto, its many store locations make the in-store pickup and super useful feature.

Unlike other auto part chains that limit working on your car to maybe helping you replace windshield wipers or fix a tail light bulb in the parking lot, Pep Boys offers full repair services. When shopping for parts online, you can choose in-store pickup or schedule an appointment to have your parts installed. With a selection of tires from top brands like Dunlop, Firestone, Goodyear, and more, you'll also be able to make sure you're riding on safe rubber.

Walmart's great success is largely based on its ability to provide customers with easy access to a wide range of products at competitive prices. Even if it's not the first place you'd think to look for car parts, it's absolutely a place you should consider. Whether you're shopping for motor oil, air filters, or wiper blades, it's more than likely cheaper at Walmart than other chains. When shopping online, you can choose to have it shipped to your home or pick it up in-store. 041b061a72


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