I leased a 2011 Honda Accord-LX four-cylinder in August. Last week, a car ran a red light…and long story short, my car needs a new radiator, fender, hood, headlights, and various other parts located in the front of the car.
The other guy’s insurance company accepted liability, but on the estimate sheet that it gave to my mechanic, many of the approved parts for the mechanic to install are listed as “aftermarket”, meaning that they’re not necessarily Honda-manufactured. I’m concerned that if I return the car at the end of the lease with non-Honda parts, Honda will tell me that I violated the agreement and will penalize me.
Is this a legitimate concern?
I think the visible parts, such as the radiator, definitely should be bought from Honda. But what about parts that are only visible if the fender is removed? Would Honda bother to inspect that thoroughly?