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Before buying new taillights (or tail lamps as they are sometimes called), there are a few things you should know about them.

First, you need to decide whether you need the whole light assembly or just the bulb. If your bulb is burned out, don't buy the whole light assembly -- that would be paying $100 for a $2 bulb. However, if your car has gotten banged up and you need to replace a broken or missing tail light assembly, that's a different story.

Get the style that fits the year, make, and model of your car. Manufacturers usually reuse tail light assembly styles for several model years (and sometimes, but a lot less often, for several models) before they change to a new style.

Finally, tail lights are a pretty generic

car part (the market for custom taillights is extremely limited). Before buying, take a look at the cost of a new taillight online, call your local junk yard, compare the two prices (and effort) and then decide whether your car and budget dictate a new or used part.

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PartsAmerica- The on-line presence for two of the largest auto part retailers in America: CSK Auto (Checker, Schucks and Kragen) and Advance Auto Parts. PartsAmerica provides quick and easy access to nearly $1.5B in inventory and 3,000 locations in all 50 states. Search their real-time inventory, purchase items on-line, pick up and return at a local store, or have products delivered to their home or business.

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