Aftermarket Car Parts Alton IL

If you take a look at the dealer options for vehicles, they can seem pretty pricey and the question arises, can I get a better deal aftermarket? Each option holds a different answer to that question. Read on to learn how choosing the right options at the dealer can save you a bundle of money.

Willis Auto Sales
(618) 462-6875
3200 E Broadway
Alton, IL

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American Auto Credit
(618) 258-0200
640 W Macarthur Dr
Cottage Hills, IL

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Manns Car Sales
(618) 259-5681
520 W Saint Louis Ave
East Alton, IL

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Downtown Deals Llc
(618) 877-3325
1733 Madison Ave
Granite City, IL

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Redi Credit Auto Mart
(618) 797-2886
4170 Nameoki Rd
Granite City, IL

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Trust Family Auto Sales
(618) 467-2879
3104 Godfrey Rd
Godfrey, IL

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Federico Chrysler Dodge Jeep
(618) 946-1344
1875 E Edwardsville Rd
Wood River, IL

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Florissant Eclipse Window Tintingg
(314) 581-0721
1940 N Hwy 67
Florissant, MO
 
Tri City Motors
(618) 797-1000
4945 Maryville Rd
Granite City, IL

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Gerin Enterprise
(618) 797-9850
3823 Pontoon Rd
Granite City, IL

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Which Dealer Options are Better Aftermarket Buys?

Which Dealer Options Are Better Aftermarket Buys? By Alison Lakin, Associate Editor

Whether you want to believe it or not, your car is an extension of yourself. Buying a new one means dissecting your personality and lifestyle to determine which automobile is just right for you. Parsing through a car's additional options can be an important element on this journey. Whether you choose an audio system or a roof rack, accessories can tailor your car to fit your needs and make living with a car for a long period of time much more enjoyable.

If you take a look at the dealer options for vehicles, they can seem pretty pricey and the question arises, can I get a better deal aftermarket? Each option holds a different answer to that question.

Navigation
With certain cars you can't simply add on one option that interests you; they come in packages. This is especially the case with GPS. In a large percentage of cars, this helpful tool will be coupled with other accessories. The 2008 Cadillac CTS includes it in its Premium Luxury Collection for $8,165, and the 2008 Saab 9-3 Turbo X  provides navigation in collaboration with its upgraded audio system for $2,145. Very rarely is it ever offered on its own, even if that's all you want.

Decent aftermarket navigation systems can be found for as low as $200. If you want some extra bells and whistles, be prepared to spend a few hundred more. Still, that's far less than getting one from the dealer, considering most of you are probably not in the mood to potentially spend an extra $8,000 for the rest of a package. When it comes to navigation systems, doing a little research to avoid purchasing one from a dealer can really be worth your while.

The tricky bit about navigation systems is that they're much easier to use if purposely installed in the car. Having it loose or attached to the windshield can be awkward, so consider convenience part of the extra dealer cost.

Audio
Stereo systems are another popular package item. Those who value their music might be tempted by the audio options available for the car of their choice, but you can end up with much more than you wanted, at a premium price. In the 2008 Nissan Altima , you can get an upgraded stereo system, complete with Satellite radio and Bluetooth capability for $1,000. Not too bad. But pop for a 2008 Lexus GS350 and you'll be forking over $7,000 for their Premium Audio System Package and a ton of extra options - Intuitive Parking Assist, anyone? - that may not interest you.

The bonus to scouring the shops for your perfect audio equipment is that you get exactly what you want. Say the speakers are great in your new car but you want a subwoofer, then that's all you'll need to buy. The only snags are that you'll be spending a lot of time researching and you'll have to pay for installation, unless you're handy with wiring. Still, deals in the aftermarket are abundant and music lovers will be able to pick the best equipment for a goo...

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