Taillights can last as long as 15 years, but it is suggested that they be replaced before issues develop once they are close to that age – or even a few years before.
And what you replace them with is just as important as how you replace them.
Luxury car makers want the vehicles they sell you to have the best materials possible, and taillights are no exception.
OEM (original equipment manufacturer) replacement parts, including taillights, are exact replicas of the stock parts that came with your car.
If you replace your taillights with a genuine OEM versions, you can expect the same quality as the ones you drove home with off the lot.
Among other things, OEM taillights for luxury cars and other rear lamps have
- Quality bulbs or LEDs that will last for many years.
- Optimal lens pattern that ensures brightness.
- Thick and sturdy lenses.
- High quality rubber seals that will keep out moisture, dirt and debris.
- High quality electrical components.
It’s common for aftermarket taillights to be built with manufacturers subpar quality materials that don’t function well and won’t last as long (and may even break).
At Euro Auto Parts Direct, we love that OEM taillights always fit just right.
Also, remember that those aftermarket manufacturers don’t follow OEM specs when designing their taillight assemblies. However, the luxury car company that built the car you are driving – and its lights – does follow those specs to a T.
Common problems with after-market lights that OEM taillights for luxury cars don't have include the fact that they are often too loose or too tight. They may simply be the wrong shape and look bad on your car.
For instance who wants their Porsche 911 to look sloppy from behind due to after market lights? Not any Porsche owners we know. Other problems can include water leakages, poor electrical connections and rattling sounds.
OEM taillight assemblies, on the other hand, never have issues with fit. In fact, the right fit is part of the guarantee. And they are compatible with your luxury auto’s electrical system so you don’t need to worry about shorts, etc. Driving around with a shorted out tail light increases your risk of getting a traffic ticket - so OEM is the way to go!
You don’t have the warranties and same assurance of quality with most OEM light manufacturers.
And the best part is that OEM lights don’t have to be super expensive. Especially if you buy straight from us. There’s no lengthy wait and no third party price increases. They arrive at your home straight from the manufacturer and in perfect condition, ready for you or someone you trust to install.
So how do you replace a taillight? According to Wikihow you take these easy steps:
- Open the trunk or tailgate of your car.
- Pull the trunk release button from the driver’s side of the vehicle to pop it open or pull the handle on your tailgate to drop it down so you can access the backside of your taillight assembly.
- Keep in mind that some vehicles have a button you can press on the trunk itself to pop it open and you may need to pull up on the tailgate when you pull on the handle in order to lower it.
In some cases you may have to manually move the fabric liner or panel covering the backside of the tail light. With your trunk open or your tailgate down, look inside your car for that fabric liner or a plastic panel covering the backside of your taillight. Once you find the edge where the fabric or panel meets the plastic trim then use your hands to pull back the fabric or remove the panel to expose the backside of your taillight and remove it/replace it.