New Aftermarket vs. Old OEM Headlights Comparison

Working at 1A Auto, I often find myself discussing the differences between OEM vs. Aftermarket auto parts. Today we have a little bit of that, along with an old vs. new part comparison.  It comes to you in the form of 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan “non-quad” headlights.

A neighbor and friend of mine came to me recently after her van failed inspection for having headlights that light cannot possibly pass through.  The inspector planted a big “R” sticker on the windshield and sent her on her way.  Last year, her husband had tried using the headlight polishing magic in a bottle, which did worked temporarily, but as you can see, it was not a long term solution.  This year, the only good option was to toss the sand blasted, yellowed, 12 year old OEM headlights into the trash, and bolt on a fresh new set.

As you can see, the new lights are identical shapes and sizes as the originals, but they also included the leveling bubbles to help you aim the headlights once they are installed.  Fancy right?  Other than that, it was a simple switcharoo. Pull the old ones out, put the new ones in, and finally see the light.   The End.

Got a Jeep? We show you how to take it apart!

This week we had a Jeep Grand Cherokee to play with, so naturally, we took it all apart for your entertainment!  We made several how-to videos to show you how to replace the tail lights, the parking lights, the corner lights, and the rear hatch supports.  You can check out all of our videos on our youtube channel.  Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for the latest and greatest how-to videos!

How to Install New Headlights in your car.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so according to my math, a Youtube video must be worth at least a thousand pictures.  We know that replacing headlights can be a mystery to someone who hasn’t done it before, so we had one of our in-house automotive experts make a video explaining the in’s and out’s of it.   It takes place under the hood of a beautiful silver, supercharged, Pontiac Grand Prix.  Sure, being supercharged doesn’t make a difference as far as automotive headlights are concerned, but it sure does add some excitement to the paragraph.  So sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and let us show you how it’s done.

If you love it, hate it, or have a suggestion, let me know by leaving a comment or sending me your feedback via email at jnutt@1aauto.com