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Which Car Parts Are OK To Cheap Out On?

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Through general agreement, us Jalops came together yesterday and decided that tires are one thing that you should definitely not go cheap on. This makes sense, as they are the only bit of the car that touches the road. You don’t have to go tippy-top shelf, but you probably shouldn’t be buying a set for 50 bucks, either.

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But if no expense is to be spared on the tires, then what can we afford to cut corners on? What wouldn’t pose as a life-or-death situation if we bought the cheaper option?

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Take it away.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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DISCUSSION

Thinking back to my Autoparts slinging days...

Oil - even the cheapest oil that is API certified today is better than the stuff from 10-15 years ago. Actually this applies to most fluids.. Brake, PS, Washer, etc...

Bulbs - you don’t need those super expensive Long Life or hyper white tail light bulbs.

Wipers - Buy decent, but you don’t need the super Rain-X infused single wing monoblade Bosch makes.

Brake pads - for most people the cheapest semimetalic pads from AZ will be more than sufficient. Most people don’t need a set of EBC red/yellow or Hawk pads for their Camry.

Just a few I can think of but there are a good deal many more.