Five auto parts you should buy online

Here are five parts that the experts at say make the most sense to buy online:

3. Cabin air filters

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The interior of the new Corvette Stingray is displayed after its unveiling in Detroit Jan. 13, 2013. Many manufacturers recommend replacing a car's cabin air filter every 30,000 miles to keep dust and other particles out of the vehicle's interior.

Many car manufacturers recommend replacing your cabin air filter(s) every 30,000 miles or every two years to keep pollen, dust, and allergens out of your cabin. Installation is incredibly easy, making cabin filters another great online purchase. The huge selection available on the Web means you will have no trouble finding the right filter for your vehicle. Typically, a cabin filter is not an emergency part requiring that you rush out to the auto-parts store or to the mechanic to have it installed immediately. And often it’s more convenient to have a part delivered directly to your home rather than running out to a store.

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