Mopar NOS BUYING Guide From Valley Vintage Auto Parts
There are five basic classifications of automotive parts:
New Old Stock (N.O.S.) which means these are parts that were new in the same year your car was made. For example, if you have a 1965 Coronet and buy an NOS '65 Coronet wheel opening moulding, it was made by Chrysler Corporation or for Chrysler Corporation in 1965 and has never been on a car. That does not mean that it is absolutely perfect. It may need to be polished or buffed and possibly have dust wiped off it. Most of the time it is in it's original package but sometimes the package has been lost or damaged.
New Old Replacement Stock (N.O.R.S.) such as Autolite, Wagner, Bendix, Carter, Holley - an original supplier to Chrysler Corporation - and the part is still new as described above in Number 1. These are original parts even though they may not be in Chrysler boxes but in the manufacturer's box.
Aftermarket means parts made by someone other than the original supplier such as P & D Ignition, Niehoff, and will fit and work on the vehicle but may not look the same as the original nor does it have the same markings as the originals.
Reproduction Parts means parts currently being re-made that may or may not be identical to the original parts in looks, markings and total appearance. Some of these parts are licensed by Chrysler Corporation to contain all of the exact and correct stampings and markings and some are unlicensed parts which may work and look the same but not have the those markings.
Used Parts means exactly that. These are parts that have been on a car.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the buyer's responsibility to ask the appropriate questions before purchasing parts to ensure the condition of the part and correctness for your vehicle.
An original Chrysler Parts Catalog is the most important book you can own for your car. The Parts Catalog will give you the correct part numbers for every piece and part on your car. That way you are assured of buying the right part. That means that if you have a 1962 Plymouth, you should have a 1962 Mopar Parts Catalog; if you have a 1967 GTX, you should have a 1967 Mopar Parts Catalog.