Posted by Ann Richmond at Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 - 01:41:10 AM in Car Parts
People tend to be a bit worried about sourcing parts or things that they can't fit themselves, or they think that if they were to try to save money by supplying a car part to their local garage for fitting, that they would offend the garage. One way to look at it is the analogy of taking some fresh fish round to your local restaurant and asking them if you can dine there for less if they cook the fish you brought in.
The first step is to figure out which part needs to be replaced. If the car seems to be making strange noises, find out where the noise is coming from. Note what function the car is performing when you hear the unusual noise. Do you hear a scraping sound when you step on the brakes? You might need to replace the brake pads. Examine the car for rusted or broken parts. Check under the hood as well as under the car itself.
You may be able to find used car parts on the internet. Shop online and do some research on installing the part as well. You may be able to save money on the purchase of the used car part, as well as save money on labor if you know how to install the part yourself. When you conduct your search online, don't forget to include the make and model of your car.
However, if all this fails and you are still intent on getting factory original parts for your older vehicle you can always try looking for them online. While it is normal to find most car parts stores and manufactures with a significant online presence, there are many more options online than just those.
Once you know which part needs to be replaced, consider the make, model and year of your car. While all of the basic parts of a car may be the same, the size and shape of each part will be different, as parts vary between makes and models. For example, the brake pads made for a 1997 Ford Mustang will not fit a 2000 Toyota Corolla.