Things to Know About Subaru Accessories - General Service Information in Seattle, WA

Whether you're looking to take advantage of the roof rails and crossbars on a Subaru Outback or interested in adding some custom car accessories to your Subaru WRX, the right accessory can make all the difference. However, keep in mind that not all automotive accessories are the same. Below, we look at five things we think are important to consider when looking for the right additions to your Subaru.

Our authorized parts and accessory department at Carter Subaru Ballard is always stocked full of genuine OEM and factory approved products for Subaru models, and our experts are some of the best in the business. Not only do we have the items you're looking for, our service center is staffed with factory-trained technicians who can make sure that your new car accessories are properly installed.

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5. Will the Accessory Fit?

It doesn't matter if it's a Subaru part or accessory, finding out that something doesn't fit is a good way to ruin a good project. Unfortunately, this is a common problem when it comes to car accessories. You see, some manufacturers partner with car companies and their engineers to develop accessories that are an exact match to specific vehicles. Other manufacturers of car accessories make products designed to fit as wide a range of models as possible. That's why so many of these products aren't always an exact fit.

4. Make Sure to Get a Quality Subaru Accessory

Car and SUV accessories that are approved by the factory are also scrutinized for quality. This makes sense because a brand like Subaru that is known for quality wouldn't want to be associated with a product that didn't live up to that reputation. The difference is how well the accessory will work and how long it will last. It's not that you can't find quality parts and accessories that aren't approved by the factory, rather it's that you know exactly what you're getting when you stick with OEM and factory-approved accessories from the dealership.

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3. Is the Car or SUV Accessory Approved by the Factory?

Clearly, it's important to know that you're getting a good quality part that will fit and function perfectly, but how do you know if that's what you paid for? The automotive aftermarket industry is worth nearly $300 billion. That means there is no shortage of choices when looking for custom car accessories. However, this also means that the quality of these products is all over the board. The risk of buying aftermarket parts and accessories is real, and the price is a poor indication of what you're getting. Instead, we strongly recommend avoiding this risk and getting the things you need from an authorized dealership like ours at Carter Subaru Ballard in Seattle.

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2. What are Dealer-Installed Accessories?

If you've shopped for a new car, you likely ran across the phrase Dealer Installed Accessory, but what does that mean? Well, it's important for new car customers to get what they want, but that can be a difficult demand to meet if the factory alone was responsible for it. That's why dealerships are able to install a wide variety of accessories in house. So, if you're shopping for a new car and find the one that's almost perfect except for a couple features you'd like to have, ask if it's available as a dealer-installed accessory. The factory-warranty will still apply and you can have a custom car exactly as you want it.

1. Why You Should Avoid Aftermarket Subaru Accessories

This list is full of reasons to stick with factory-approved or OEM Subaru parts and accessories, but there is another important thing to be aware of. When you get accessories at the dealership and have the certified technicians take care of the installation, the factory warranty remains strong, and the new accessory comes with its own warranty. The new car warranty is a way for the manufacturer to stand behind the quality of their products, but they can't vouch for anything they haven't studied, tested, and approved. So, if you go with the bargain wheel flairs you found online only for one to come off and damage the quarter panel, you or your insurance company will be stuck with the bill. Instead, stick with accessories from the dealership and let the warranty take care of you in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

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