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OEM vs. Aftermarket Parts

When you need a replacement part for your vehicle, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all of the options available. In particular, what are OEM vs. aftermarket parts – and which one is right for you? While some customers try to save money with aftermarket options, our technicians recommend OEM parts every time for the best quality and reliability possible. Learn all about the key differences at Brilliance Honda near Schaumburg and Barrington, and learn all about the importance of genuine Honda parts.

What are OEM Parts?

OEM parts are “original equipment manufacturer” components. So if you need a new headlight for your Honda, your replacement part will also be made by Honda. This has a lot of different advantages for customers. First, you are guaranteed that your replacement part will fit just as well as the original piece. You can also rest assured that your replacement will carry the same high degree of quality as the original, so there’s no need to worry about the unknown. Second, you can get even more peace of mind knowing that your part is under warranty. That means that even if you get a dud, you’re protected. Finally, shopping for OEM parts is just easier. There may be dozens of aftermarket products, and comparing prices and reviews takes time. Generally speaking, there’s only one OEM replacement to choose for any component, so ordering parts is easy!

What are Aftermarket Parts?

Now you know what OEM parts are, but what are aftermarket parts? Aftermarket parts are products made by a third-party manufacturer. This isn’t always a bad thing, but it’s far riskier. Most customers who opt for aftermarket parts are simply looking for a cheaper price, but if you want a great deal, why not check out our parts specials? Here are some of the reasons why we caution against aftermarket components:

  • Quality can be hit or miss.
  • Warranties are seldom included.
  • There are so many options to explore that shopping takes some time.

Schedule Your Service Today

If you’re ready to give your car a little care, schedule your service with quality Honda parts at Brilliance Honda. We’re only a short drive from Elgin, so don’t hesitate to stop by. Contact us with any questions, and we’ll get back to you quickly.

2019 Honda Civic Interior

Looking for a sedan that sports plenty of new comfort and entertainment features you won’t want to miss? Then take some time to explore the 2019 Honda Civic interior. Built for safety and comfort, the Civic interior won’t disappoint as there’s plenty more it has to offer. Going above and beyond the expectations for a smaller sedan, the latest Civic delivers, from its exterior colors to its performance. Explore the 2019 Honda Civic cabin with Brilliance Honda.

Comfort Features

The 2019 Civic offers Barrington drivers the choice of three premium cloth or three sumptuous leather seating options, allowing everyone to get the look and feel they want in a new sedan. When the 2019 Honda Civic brings in style, it matches in comfort. Drivers and passengers will enjoy spacious seating for up to five passengers. Now no matter where you go or however long the ride, the heated seating will keep you warm and your muscles relaxed in the new Honda Civic.

High-Tech Interior Features

Enjoy a fully loaded technology interface with smartphone integration options like Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Additional technology highlights include:

  • 8-inch Display Audio touch-screen
  • CabinTalk™
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
  • Rear entertainment system
  • Honda LaneWatch™
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With all of these features and more, you can stay updated, entertained, and safe while navigating any Elgin road. Learn more about the Honda Civic interior technology by test driving one for yourself today!

Tour the 2019 Honda Civic Interior in Crystal Lake

While the features of the 2019 Honda Civic interior have surely piqued your interest, nothing beats seeing the features in person. Visit us today for a test drive at Brilliance Honda, or contact us with any additional questions!

2019 Honda Pilot Colors

One of the more fun aspects of purchasing a new Honda vehicle is picking out a model in one of your favorite colors. Luckily, drivers won’t lack for options with the variety of colors available on the 2019 Honda Pilot. No matter if you like a bright blue, shining white, or you prefer a shimmery black, there’s an option for you. Check out the colors available for you inside and out on the new Honda Pilot configurations and show it off on the Schaumburg streets.

Honda Pilot Exterior Color Paint Options

Choose from eight different colors ranging from bright white to a shimmering black option on the 2019 Honda Pilot. Choosing the exterior color for your Pilot that best fits your style can be a fun and enjoyable process. Browse the Honda Pilot color options to see which one will be turning heads on the streets of Cary

  • On the Darker Side:
    • Crystal Black Pearl
    • Modern Steel Metallic
  • On the Lighter Side:
    • Lunar Silver Metallic
    • White Diamond Pearl
  • For a Splash of Color:
    • Steel Sapphire Metallic
    • Obsidian Blue Pearl
    • Black Forest Pearl
    • Deep Scarlet Pearl
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Deep Scarlet 2019 Pilot

black forest

Black Forest 2019 Pilot

Crystal Black

Crystal Black 2019 Pilot

Modern Steel

Modern Steel 2019 Pilot

Lunar Silver

Lunar Silver 2019 Pilot

White Pearl

White Diamond 2019 Pilot

Steel Sapphire

Steel Sapphire 2019 Pilot

Obsidian Blue

Obsidian Blue 2019 Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot Interior Colors

Though the exterior color is what everyone will notice, the interior colors are the ones that will surround you throughout your Barrington travels. These color options—when paired with the interior style—will add to the luxurious, and personalized, look and feel of the Honda Pilot. There are three different interior color options including:

  • Beige
  • Black
  • Gray

You can also enjoy luxe leather-trimmed seating standard on the Honda Pilot EX-L trim and above. Available in gray leather or gray perforated leather in the Elite Honda Pilot model, this adds a sophisticated touch to this three-row SUV.

Choose Your Color at Brilliance Honda

When you’re ready to choose a new Honda Pilot in your favorite color, make your way to Brilliance Honda. We can help you personalize this highly-capable Honda with color options, technologies, safety features, and more.  We also have new vehicle specials and financing options to make the car-buying process more affordable. Browse our selection and contact us today with any questions!

When Should I Get My Oil Changed?

Getting regular oil changes is one of the best things that you can do for the health and longevity of your vehicle, but not everyone knows the many benefits of an oil change. If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited the dealership, you might wonder “When should I get my oil changed for the best results?” Most experts recommend scheduling this service every 3,000 miles, but a lot depends on your driving style and car type. Let’s go into the basics of oil changes, so you can start planning accordingly.

What is an Oil Change?

Motor oil flows through your engine to lubricate the parts and dissipate heat, so it’s crucial to the health of your car. But as motor oil ages, it becomes thick and dirty. It can’t flow as easily through the engine, which compromises performance. An oil change is the process of removing the old, sluggish oil and replacing it with a fresh bottle. When you stick with a regular maintenance schedule, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear on your engine. Most drivers will be just fine with an oil change every 3,000 miles, though it’s always a good idea to check your owner’s manual for personalized recommendations. And if you drive in tough road conditions or log more miles than most in Barrington, talk to our technicians about how often you should swing by!

Benefits of an Oil Change

We’ve all heard that getting an oil change is important, but why? Your motor oil provides tons of benefits to the performance of your car.

  • Longevity: Motor oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine, so everything runs smoothly. This means your engine doesn’t have to work as hard, which leads to a longer lifespan.
  • Environment: Fresh oil produces fewer harmful emissions and it also optimizes your fuel economy, which are both terrific benefits for eco-friendly drivers.
  • Performance: Thickened oil can’t move through your engine as efficiently as fresh oil, so an oil change can help you reach the horsepower and mileage that you want – and avoid seeing that check engine light!

Schedule Your Service Today at Brilliance Honda

Ready to experience the benefits of an oil change? Schedule your service today at Brilliance Honda. Our talented technicians are equipped to deal with all manner of service and repairs, including replacing your timing belt, so visit us near Elgin and Schaumburg.