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#1 (permalink) Old 08-13-2009, 01:48 AM
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Red face Why kia parts are so expensive

Kia reluctant to let go of patents or licensing.
SO aftermarket suppliers starting at a disadvantage.

maybe somebody else care to comment.
Is the situation ever going to improve?

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I hope so, I love my Kia to bits, but the price of parts sway me away from having another!.
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i totally agree, my sedona been the best car i have owned but the cost of parts is killing me.
the starter has jst gone costing me £130, nightmare. now they tell me am needing a new battery soon as its not holding a charge.
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Try buying bits for toyotas nissans, mazda, fords or GM products and you will find that KIA parts are comparable. Recently I had to buy a head gasket kit for a V6 toyota camry and it cost over $200 for non genuine and $600 if I wanted genuine. I work in the auto repair business and the parts for Kia's don't stand out.
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Arrow Operating Costs - carnival wins class, but not all parts.

Hmmm, I guess its relative.
For its class, the carnival has cheap servicing cost compared to direct competition, Classic boy right if he meant that vein of discussion.

I don't know what part of the world Classic boy hails from.
But compared to our Holden and other sedan cars in Australia,
I beg to differ regarding relative cost of Kia parts being the same.
Holden & Mitsubishi aftermarket usually only two thirds of cost for similar parts...
He said it himself, aftermarket parts when available were/are cheaper than genuine all the time.
But often the only part available is the Kia genuine - nobody else makes it....
And even then you have to wait for a dealer to order it in, sigh....

Quoting as an example attached RACT survey report.
Other surveys exist that are more substantive than any personal opinion
From my understanding - its Kia's reluctance to licence aftermarket items that contribute to the situation.

Note I'm discussing cost for similar type engines etc.
4WD/diesel parts are always going to hurt...
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Hi,
I haven't found the kia service parts are priced any dearer than other makes.In fact i pay more for the diesel filters on my Ford tourneo connect than i do for the carnival,and they are both common rail.I can obtain "pattern" parts here in Spain but i find that, although cheaper than kia(a lot), i can still buy them in the U.K., pay the delivery and they are still cheaper.I recently bought oil, air diesel filters 2x front disc rotors and pads for 84 pounds inc. del. (3 days)
From another supplier i purchased 2x c.v. joints for 73 pounds inc. del.
There is stacks of syuff on the internet,you've just got to trawl around.There is a shop in Glasgow that sells genuine kia parts at a fraction of dealer prices( i.e. front rotors39/49 pounds a pr. depending on model) but sometimes you have to wait for availability.There is also loads on e-bay.
Just a thought, i bought 2x keys(with immobiliser) from my dealer for 17e plus 7e to cut them plus 19 e to plug in comp. and programme.43e+iva. In Germany my brother tells me his dealer charges 180e for one!
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I can't say that I have found found Kia genuine parts to be much different in price to genuine parts for my Nissan or my sister's Toyota. The main parts that are cheaper to get are aftermarket parts for some larger brands because demand is higher, and there are more aftermarket manufacturers catering to that market.

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Parts for my Nissan pickup were also high.
I bought front rotors for my Taurus -$23 a piece $62 for the KIA, and I had to order them and wait days.
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