Shopping for the Right Air Vent Frame Fit for You
So let's say your car's air vent was damaged because of a road accident, in the middle of someone stealing your radio, or it simply broke or cracked after you used your van to haul a ladder that's too tall for your passenger seats to accommodate. You want a replacement. However, it's not a typical OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) kind of part. For transmissions, actuators, flanges, and brake pads, they do have parts galore. However, entire parts of your car from the dashboard to the air vent frame are a different kettle of fish altogether to deal with.
Air Vent Frame Shopping Dos and Don'ts
- Do know the make, model, and year of your car: Knowing the year, make, and model of your vehicle (info that you can readily get from the driver's side doorjamb) will come a long way in helping you find the right parts for it, including an air vent frame. Many ecommerce sites will give you a prompt or dropdown menus asking you about your automobile's year, manufacturer, and model anyway to narrow down your search.
- As nuch as possible, don't go for universal-fit frames: The problem with universal fit frames is that they rarely fit specific cars. Unless you're sure you have a fairly generic build of car with common frameworks found across the board for its model, it's safer to assume otherwise and specifically buy vent frames for your make and model. It's all about erring at the side of caution rather than wasting your money with an ill-fitting frame.
- Do order online for convenience: If you don't have much time to shop for your needed air vent frame personally, then you can always do your shopping online for convenience. Most online stores are available 24/7, so you can order your needed part even at the comfort of your home or office anytime of the day.
- Do know the rules of aftermarket shopping: Just because the page claims it is OEM-standard doesn't mean it's a genuine part that's practically OEM. This is why it's better to have sites recommended to you by people you trust, like your gearhead friend or your dealership's mechanic. Also, the thing about aftermarket shopping is that you either install it yourself or have someone you know do it for you.
- Do check out the construction and quality of your vent frames: Some aftermarket providers will skimp on some of the details of the vent to justify its cheapness (like vents with non-moveable parts that were moveable in the original or moving parts that are sold separately). Just because you're buying it on the cheap doesn't mean you should settle for something low-grade (that's also a waste of money).
Pay attention to the make and models of cars shown in car parts websites; it's the very first thing they list for their aftermarket, refurbished, or remanufactured air vent products. Have a healthy amount of skepticism in their products as well. If the deal sounds too good to be true, it might just well be. On the other hand, the low prices of online parts are partly because the overhead of these shops are significantly cheaper than brickandmortar parts, so they can afford to lower prices to bargain basement levels.