NAPA Parts Vs. Dealer Parts. Is There Any Difference If So, What Is It

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I will need to replace the brakes on my Mitsubishi Eclipse soon. The dealer wants nearly $750 for parts and labor for 4 new rotors and pads.

I know I could get the parts much cheaper at an auto parts store like NAPA, and then find someone to do the work at a better rate. The only concern I have is the difference in the quality of the parts. Will there be any?

There are 13 Answers for "NAPA Parts Vs. Dealer Parts. Is There Any Difference If So, What Is It"

    1. Nasty75camaro says:

      Dealer parts are AUTHENTIC are when you have extra money, and are GUARANTEED to fit/work.

    2. Larmarine83 says:

      LMAO…many times, dealers buy their parts from NAPA. Do not take your vehicle to a dealer unless it is waranty work.

    3. Bigblockimus says:

      Nah… not on brake parts, dealerships charge an arm and a leg for parts n labor

    4. Hondab16tuner says:

      OK lets put it in perspective. Mitsu pads front and rear at NAPA, or Autozone, about $60, rotors from these stores about $25 each. SO you are now at $160. do you think any shop could get away charginf $600 to do an hour job? It only takes COMMON hand tools and about an hour to do all 4.

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    6. Dodge Man says:

      The dealer parts will be original parts for the car ,the replacement parts will or should be the same or as good of quality as the original ones are ,all parts have to meet certain standards before they can be sold,so they will be good enough to use on it,there is a slight quality difference in them there always is,but the price of the after market ones will be a lot cheaper,and will perform as good,they also come with a good warranty ,so either way your covered on this one,you just save a little money by using after market parts,if they go bad though you,ll be paying labor charges again to get them changed out,that’s the only draw back but either way you,d be paying labor,good luck with it hope this helps.

    7. Vinny says:

      Yeah, check with an “aftermarket” supplier like NAPA, Autozone, etc. Lots of things like brakes, radiators, A/C compressors, and exhaust systems are actually made not by the manufacturer of the car, but by a contractor like Nippondenso, Girling, Bendix, Raybestos, etc. So go get a quality aftermarket part with a decent warranty, and get a shop that has a solid warranty on their work to do the job. You’ll save money and the car will still work properly.

      I’d go to the dealer for very specialized work involving parts that are made only by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

    8. Ford Girl says:

      Dealer parts are the EXACT same parts that come on your car when it was new, rolling off the assembly line. On Japanese cars especially, like your Mistubishi, new brake pads from the manufacturer, come with ALL the anti-rattle clips and shims, while less expensive aftermarket parts tend to come only with the pads, and use a less expensive material of lower quality. This is especially true when it comes to exhaust systems. The brake rotors from the dealer are usually a better quality as well. However, dealerships tend to mark up the price substantially. With that said, I strongly recommend you have a “friend” who can purchase the partf from the dealer for you at “trade” cost to ease the financial burden, and have someone who can do the job at a better price for you. Hope this helps.

    9. Greg K says:

      I would go to a local mechanic that has a great reputation. Let him get the parts for you and install them. Mechanics get a break on the cost and mark them up a little. Since they are helping you save money by not going to the dealer, its only fair to let them make a little money on the parts. And of course they’ll make some money on the labor as well.

      One other benefit is that you can request a specific part quality to your mechanic and he will take responsibility for the part. For instance, you can request a low brake dust part, so your wheels stay cleaner. Or you can request a high performance pad and drilled or slotted rotors. You can also request a quiet pad that doesn’t squeak. A good mechanic knows which pad/rotor setup to use.

      I believe its in our best interest to support good mechanics in our local area. They make an honest living doing a service we choose not to do. They also give back to the community and local businesses. Yes, we should also support the dealership as well, as long as they don’t overcharge us for repairs, or they don’t pressure us into doing unnecessary work.

      I hope this helps


    10. Subyimpreza22b says:

      The one guys right. Dealerships sometimes get their parts from like NAPA or Car Quest. Factory brake pads tend to be a little better then what you would get from a autoparts store. But auto part stores offer cheap low quality pads or more expensive high quality pads which will exceed factory performance. But over all your much better going to a auto parts store for pads and rotors. You can find better quality parts here if you look and ask for well…the better quality pads. Pick up a Manuel specific for your year make and model and save your self $500 by doing it yourself. because if you go to a auto parts store and get four rotors and front and rear pads it’ll be about $250 for parts.

    11. [email protected] says:

      After market parts: parts the the dealer-manufacturer of your part sold the rights to so other companies could make their part. for the most part they are the same.. i personally do not like napa though. i have had a lot of problems with their parts. Honda distributor, had to replace 7 times. and they would not pay the toe bill. i was mad. 7×45=you do the math.

    12. Scott H says:

      You’ll be fine using NAPA parts. Brakes are not that complicated to replace, but you do need to know what you’re doing, since your safety (and the safety of everyone else on the road) depends on it. That dealership mechanic can probably do 3 of those brake jobs in an hour. That’s a cash machine!

      Oh, bring your Eclipse to me. I’ll do it for only $500. 😉

    13. Idaho98076 says:

      The same manufacturers that sell aftermarket parts often also sell OEM (original equipment parts) to car manufacturers. The ACDelco, Motorcraft, Visteon, Monroe, etc. aftermarket parts might be the exact same parts installed on the car originally. Some Mitsubishi models might use brake parts from a couple of manufacturers depending on if that particular car was built in Japan, Illinois, etc.

      The brake parts sold by the dealer might say Mitsubishi on the box but you still do not know the name of the manufacturer. Akebono, ACDelco, or some other manufacturer made the brakes in the box.

      Many manufacturers sell OEM or better quality brake parts and then they will also have an economy line. The economy line will work fine for day to day driving, but may not disipate heat as well and last as long as OEM quality parts if the car is driven aggressively.

      Pick a famous brand name’s premium quality parts and your new brakes will work as good or better than new even if you do not guess the exact same OEM manufacturer.

      Akebono ceramic brake pads may have been the OEM parts on your Eclipse. A new set of Akebono front pads costs about $60 (per Rear pads are about $32.

      The best rear brake rotors made by Raybestos for the Eclipse cost $95 each. Front rotors are $60.

      So if you buy OEM quality rotors and pads the cost of parts could easily exceed $400. If the calipers need to be rebuilt then the parts will cost even more. Economy pads and rotors would cut your parts cost by at least half and would work fine for regular driving.

      If you don’t want economy parts then $750 total for premium parts and labor could be a reasonable price.

      NAPA franchises sell almost all parts under their store brand “NAPA” so you cannot easily tell who (Wagner, Raybestos, etc.) actually made the parts.