Introduced by parent company SKF (bearings) in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1927, automaker Volvo AB is a legend when it comes to safe automobiles. The name is Latin for "I roll", and was originally registered in 1911 for a new line of ball bearings. Management later decided to continue with the SKF brand however, so the Volvo name wasn't used until SKF sales manager Assar Gabrielsson and engineer Gustav Larson decided to build a new line of cars that could stand up to Sweden's abusive roads and harsh winters.
Early offerings included the Volvo ÍV 4 and Series 1 truck in 1928, the U-21 outboard boat engine in 1929, the B1 bus in 1934, and aircraft engines in the 1940s. Volvo has earned a reputation for safety with patented inventions such as safety cage design, the laminated windshield, windshield washers, three-point safety belts, rear-facing child seats, padded dashboards, center-mounted third brake lights, side impact airbags, and other safety features now found on practically all automobile makes. With modern manufacturing facilities in Torslanda and Uddevalla, Sweden, and Ghent, Belgium, the company sold its Volvo Personvagnar AB passenger auto division to the Ford Motor Company in 1999. In 2010, Ford sold the make to engine manufacturer Geely, which increased global sales by 20.3% in 2011. For more information, please visit the Volvo Club of America.
Enthusiastic owners of Volvo "bricks" and "turbobricks", as they're affectionately called, are big believers in maintenance. That means using the best genuine Volvo parts and aftermarket Volvo parts available online, which can be expensive unless purchased from a discount Volvo auto parts warehouse such as CPD. Genuine Volvo parts are often referred to as OEM Volvo parts, which are manufactured by the same "original equipment manufacturer" that supplied the Volvo auto parts used to build the car. Aftermarket Volvo parts are made by non-OEM automotive parts manufacturers, which means the components are very similar to OEM Volvo parts, but don't come in a branded box. Occasionally Volvo owners will try cheap, used Volvo parts, but these components are often worn-out and close to failure, which means the cost of installation is wasted when the used Volvo parts have to be replaced - again. If cost is a concern, it's almost always better to install new aftermarket Volvo parts instead of used Volvo parts, long-term reliability and performance.
Car Parts Discount has specialized in aftermarket and OEM Volvo parts since 1987 and has the inventory and supplier network to get you the online Volvo auto parts you need. If you've never ordered genuine Volvo parts online before, be assured it couldn't be easier. Select the year and model of your Volvo sedan or wagon to view all of the aftermarket and OEM Volvo parts available, and within days your Volvo components will be delivered!