An authorized Honda parts department provides original Honda parts rather than the generic replacements you might find at a franchised chain store that sells parts for all makes and models of vehicles. Generally speaking, the generic replacement parts might be sufficient, but they aren't the best quality, and they don't always meet the original manufacturer recommendations for optimal performance and efficiency. It's more expensive to replace the part twice than to just do it right the first time.
In the 70s, 80s, and even into the 90s generic replacement parts were perfectly adequate for doing it yourself repairs and routine maintenance procedures. However, modern cars are designed with more rigid specifications toward safety, performance, and environmental friendliness.
Generic parts might work toward your needs, but they might not allow the vehicle to perform as intended. Cars today are too much of an investment to play around with and hope to get it right, you should expect it to continue to drive as nicely as it did when you first fell in love with the car and decided to purchase it rather than a different model. For further consideration, there might be a recall or warranty information the local parts store wouldn't be aware of but the certified technician at an authorized Honda parts department knows about.
It's a gamble to use generic replacement parts. They'll work and keep the car running, but consider the consequences if they aren't the right match for what the vehicle requires. Your car might get bad gas mileage, it might not run as well as you would hope, or there can be potential safety issues. Another thing to think about is the mechanics. Some independent shops might employ those who will cut corners installing new parts. Or they might not know how to handle your specific make and model, so they will just do the best they can. At best a mismatched or improperly installed part can cause more expensive damage to repair, at worst it can make your car unsafe to drive.
There are local Honda dealers easily accessible all across the country. McGrath Honda in Elgin, IL is the local dealership and service center for Elgin and South Elgin along with the surrounding areas of West Dundee, Algonquin, Carpentersville, and Bartlett. You'll find our staff and technicians to be courteous and professional, ready to answer any questions you might have about parts and maintenance for your Honda vehicle.Order Parts