For about 60% of the Tacoma population, if you say, “I have a stock Tacoma,” they’ll look at you as if you are crazy, or you just picked it up off the lot. It’s as if it’s a fact that you have to mod your Tacoma after purchase. Even something as small as tinted windows or maybe cool lug nuts. There are of course the many who go Carolina Crazy and squat their Toyota Tacomas thinking it’s cool. Me personally, I would stick with a simple bull bar and lift kit. At most maybe some new wheels and tires.
However, you just spent all that money on new parts and accessories, what do you do with the old OEM parts? Well, this question arose on Facebook’s Toyota Tacoma TRD Trucks. Mana Makaneole asked, “What do you guys suggest doing with your stock parts that you really don’t need?” this is a really interesting question because if you buy a brand-new truck, those parts are basically brand new too. Parts like OEM wheels and tires, front and rear bumpers, beds, interior parts like shift knobs and steering wheels, etc.
Before we take a look at what other owners said, remember that if you decide to keep them, trading in a stock truck at a dealer is a way better option than trying to sell your moded Tacoma online. If you are some teenagers who just wants a few chicks in your cab, I wouldn’t recommend trying to sell your bolt on Chinese parts Tacoma on Marketplace. Remember that unless you get the whole truck done by trusted professionals, people are not likely to buy someone else’s project car. However, if you are lucky enough to get your truck done by say, West Coast Customs, then your truck would automatically be worth a whole lot more than stock or even with parts included.
Daniel Beckler said, “Yes, keep for when you sell. You can either sell the aftermarket parts separately or sell truck with "extra parts" people love that. Or even better keep for when stuff breaks.” If you do choose to sell your truck on marketplace, buyers are more likely to buy something if extras or spare parts are included. For instance, if I sell a motorcycle with a helmet, jacket, and extra saddle bags all included, people are more likely to think, “this is a bang for my buck.”
Gary Hawksworth said, “[keep it] In garage to replace if parts get broken during these unsure times. Stupid OEM stuff stored if I ever sell the truck.” That’s also a pretty good idea. People mod their trucks for a lot of reasons. Some being to show off, others for handling. You never know when a bumper might break off. Until you get a new one, just slap the old one bac on.
David Vega took a little bit of a different approach. He said, “Sold mine, when something breaks it means it's time for an upgrade.” If money isn’t an issue for you, go for it. Now I don’t recommend replacing the whole truck if the fender broke or if something simple broke, but I think he meant the part in general. Although believe it or not, there are people who will go out and buy a new car if something like their o2 censors go out.
What do you think? Would did you do with your OEM parts? Let us know in the comments below.
Harutiun Hareyan is reporting Toyota news at Torque News. His automotive interests and vast experience test-riding new cars give his stories a sense of authenticity and unique insights. Follow Harutiun on Twitter at @HareyanHarutiun for daily Toyota news.