Whether the Gulf Coast's water and salt air have let rust make its way into your Nissan's body panels, you need to replace a worn out armrest, or you have collision damage you need to fix, knowing what to buy can make repairs a lot easier. Here's what you need to know about finding the right body parts to fix your vehicle.
What Counts as a Body Part?
When you think “body,” you probably think “body panels.” However, automakers, Nissan included, group just about everything outside of electronics, safety systems, powertrain and drivetrain components under this label. That means everything from frame components to seats can be found in the body part category. If you aren't sure how a part is classified, check here first.
Where is the Body Part I Need?
Due to the sheer number of parts, it can be confusing as to which category the part you need can be found, and while some sections like glass are self-explanatory, others are a lot less obvious. Here's where you can find common parts:
Nissan divides trim into areas including the front and rear doors, roof, trunk and pillars. There are similar categories for the interior, including quarter panels and doors.
Nissan includes both the outer fender and inner liner in the fender category, as well as all the surrounding hardware the fender parts mount to.
These stickers list everything from air conditioner service information to warnings about air bag use. These labels are needed to return your vehicle to 100% factory condition, and they provide service technicians with helpful information when working on your Nissan.
Unlike most automakers, Nissan doesn't give emblems their own category. Instead, the emblem will be listed alongside the body part it attaches to. For example, if you need a new badge to go on your car's grille, you'll need to look under the “grille” section.
This is what Nissan calls the structure that surrounds the front doors. It includes the “A” and “B” pillars as well as the door sill and roof line, which are all built as a single component on most vehicles.
These are the parts that attach to the front of the aperture panel, including the windshield pillar and door hinge pillar components.
The floor panels, floor pan, sill plates and crossmembers can be found here.
Everything from the support structure to the bumper cover is included in the bumper section.
Navigation System Components
Nissan lists the display with electrical components, but they put both the display and any GPS antennas in with body components. The display also doubles as the head unit for the audio system, handling CDs, radio and auxiliary inputs.
This includes speakers, amplifiers, and, if your vehicle doesn't have navigation, the head unit.
Like the navigation system, the master cylinder, brake booster and associated hoses can be found both in the brake and body sections.
Jack and Components
Missing the scissor jack and lug wrench that came with your vehicle so you can change flat tires? These parts can be found here.
Lid and Trunk
Despite the different names, these include the same components.
Unlike some companies, Nissan doesn't include any of the exterior lights in body hardware. To find these components, check the electrical section.
Glass & Hardware
This includes glass, sealing channels, window regulators and motors. Nissan divides this into primary areas like front doors and rear glass with the general category covering other areas like quarter windows.
Along with lock mechanisms, this is the category that has both the interior and exterior door handles as well as the gaskets that maintain the seal between these parts and the striker the door latches to when shut.
Not finding one of the parts you need in the standard parts categories? Nissan offers a wide range of accessories for their vehicles including things you may not realize are add-ons including bed liners and door side moldings.
Why Should I Use OEM Parts Instead of Aftermarket Body Parts?
OEM stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer.” That means these parts are made by Nissan and their partners using the same designs, materials and molds as the original components. No matter where an OEM part goes, it will have the same fit and appearance as the factory pieces. The difference in quality is so great that in most cases, body shops will use salvage parts before they'll order aftermarket body panels. Third party manufacturers can't match the exact shape of factory panels, which makes it difficult to get the fit and panel gaps correct to hide the repair, and differences in materials makes for obvious mismatches with stock interior parts.
Do Exterior Body Parts Come Pre-Painted?
Nissan offers some components like spoilers and mud guards that are painted to match factory colors. These are clearly marked as “Pre-painted to match vehicle color” in the part description. Keep in mind that these might not be an exact match since your vehicle's paint has been exposed to the elements, while the paint on these parts is brand new. Having your vehicle color corrected by a professional detailer can bring back the color of your vehicle's paint, letting it come close if not exactly match the color of these parts.
All other body parts come as bare metal and plastic, and will need to be primed and painted. The auto body shop that does the installation should be able to mix the paint to match your vehicle.
Where Can I Get OEM Body Parts for My Nissan?
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