This week I stumbled upon the 2019 Kinsey Report – a report that compares the prices for common replacement parts for popular vehicles. The section on parts pricing is a useful guide, both for current vehicle owners and prospective buyers, in knowing some of the costs of owning and repairing their vehicle.
What is interesting is that it gives the low-down on South Africa’s most affordable vehicles, and it is well worth the few minutes read. It can be downloaded from https://www.aa.co.za/sites/default/files/2019_aa-kinseyreport_part_chart.pdf
What is also worth noting, is the dramatic escalation of part prices over the past year or two. In 2017 – an entry level Datsun Go for example had a total parts basket price of R44,372. Today, the same parts basket will set you back R63,310.
Another observation I had reading this year’s report, is the massive premium vehicle manufacturer’s charge for common replacement parts. Why would anyone pay between 3 and 8 times more for a spark plug or filter or brake pad, when you can buy an equivalent quality aftermarket part? Not only that, but you also save yourself the time and hassle of visiting a dealership for parts which could be delivered to your door.
Having come from the automotive manufacturing industry, the notion that OEM parts are vastly superior to aftermarket parts is often not true. Many a time, they are the identical part produced on the very same manufacturing line – only differentiated by their packaging and part numbers. There have even been occasions where the aftermarket part has been superior to the OE branded one. The long process of obtaining ECR (Engineering Change Requests) approval from a manufacturer means that many of the engineering tweaks and continuous improvements to a product reach the aftermarket long before the OE part, if at all.
So why pay so much more? On the right is a quick comparison between the prices mentioned in the 2019 Kinsey report, and what you could buy it on Start My Car today. We have thousands of parts online, so I have selected one or two random budget vehicles and indicated their savings. I believe the savings would have been far greater had I chosen some of the luxury European imports notorious for their staggering prices.
The next time you need a replacement part, I urge you all to have a look at our website. Afterall, we have the largest range of online parts in Africa!