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Jun 17

Parts Costs Are Almost As Important As Fuel Efficiency

Now that most passenger vehicles are built to high standards of safety and quality, manufacturers are trying to minimize the effect of their products on the environment and the end users’ wallets. Of course, having good fuel efficiency benefits both the environment and the financial cost of running a vehicle. However, it is certainly not the only factor. Scheduled maintenance, insurance and parts prices are all equally important when evaluating how much a particular passenger vehicle will cost to own and run.

There is a great push now, by governments and the users in the markets, to make every new vehicle on the road as fuel-efficient as possible. Even the top tier of motor racing, Formula 1, has seen rule changes to encourage the cars to conserve energy and fuel. However, these vehicles are still incredibly expensive to make and run, mainly due to the special materials which make up their parts. For members of the general public, who drive regular roads cars, pickups and SUVs, the overall running costs involve more than just the cost of fuel.

Running a vehicle on the road requires the owner or driver to pay for routine maintenance as well as fuel, and insurance, plus any government taxes. Routine maintenance and repairs from accident or parts failure should be done using genuine parts from the manufacturer and by a qualified mechanic or technician. Normally, the older a vehicle becomes, the less serious its owner is about main-dealer servicing, often entrusting a local mechanic to undertake the work. However, the parts should still be replaced by genuine, or at the very least, OEM items.

Japanese passenger cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs are regarded by many as the most reliable. However, in the past many Japanese vehicle parts were also thought of as more expensive than those for European vehicles. This is no longer the case, and manufacturers such as Mitsubishi are the market leaders in producing high-quality genuine car and truck parts at the lowest prices. They manage this by producing most of their genuine Mitsubishi and Fuso parts in countries away from Japan, most notably Thailand.

Mitsubishi auto parts made in Thailand benefit from lower production costs while maintaining the highest quality for which the brand is known. While official Mitsubishi parts dealers in Thailand are forbidden from exporting Mitsubishi and Fuso spares, there are independent dealers who can and do. In fact, there is no better way to export genuine Mitsubishi replacement car parts to countries all around the world.

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