The shock and strut mount is like a sumptuous In-N-Out Burger; the top bun connects the assembly to the vehicle and the bottom bun to the other side of the strut. The burger patty is like the rubber-insulating material of the mount. When the car moves and hits a bump, the impact also hits the suspension. It is the job of the mount to reduce the force, noise, and vibration to smoothen the flow of driving.
Feeling hungry? This isn't about the burger though. This article is all about useful tips that can help eliminate the confusion when buying shock and strut mounts for your car.
Consider aftermarket parts as an option.
Aftermarket parts are not created by the car's maker. Basically, these parts are not from Toyota or Ford. These are produced by other companies that manufacture auto parts that are designed to function the same as the original. So why buy aftermarket parts?
- They are more affordable.
Of course, buying parts with a popular brand name can cost you more. For instance, if you buy from the original manufacturer, you have to pay around $70 to $100, while for an aftermarket shock and strut mount, price range is from $17 to $50 depending on the brand and type.
- There is huge variety of parts to choose from.
There are many companies now that offer aftermarket parts and this gives you a wider selection. You can compare types, brands, and prices before deciding which one to buy. The downside is, you can get overwhelmed by this so choose wisely. Read reviews that talk about the brand.
Check the warranty details.
OEM parts, no matter how expensive they are, always come with warranty starting from six months up to a lifetime. This is a disadvantage for aftermarket parts because not all of them can guarantee a warranty. There are some distributors and suppliers though that give warranty and it is often stated in their catalogues so read them carefully and ask if you have to.
As much as possible, buy direct fit.
There are cases when a direct-fit shock and strut is more applicable.
- When you are not familiar with aftermarket replacement options because it is your first time to replace this part.
- Replacement is urgent and you want it done right away instead of spending time cutting and welding just to have it installed.
- You have enough money to buy; direct-fits are more expensive.