Posted by Ann Richmond at Friday, December 18th, 2020 - 01:13:37 AM in Car Parts
The bottom line is that if you are tying to do your own crash repair and if you have the time, the knowledge and the know how, the car parts you need are at your disposal. Even if your car is older and even if your car is somewhat obscure, the parts can be found, and if you are determined, you'll find them.
Of course we are not talking everything on the car, but selected car parts that have been upgraded or sourced from a cheaper supplier on a continuous basis to either improve the car or build it cheaper. The results are that every part now needs a serial number or unique reference part number, which sometimes is very hard to locate. Often the best way to match up your car part id to take the part off and take it to the dealership and so match it with a new one. Unfortunately you cannot do that if you choose to buy your car part online.
Whether you are shopping for your used car part online or at your local used car part store, remember the make and model of your car. Not all used car parts will fit all cars, so make sure that you note this when asking for assistance or searching on a used car part website. Once you have the part you need, consider if you will replace it yourself or have someone do it for you.
To begin with, it should be clear that aftermarket car parts are not essential for the car's everyday running. Nor are aftermarket parts available as standard accessories from car dealers. These are available at manufacturers or suppliers of ancillary spare parts.
If the insurance company decides not to total your older model car then you need to look for repair shops to have your car fixed. Your insurance company will typically make an assessment as to which car parts you will need to repair your car, and in some cases, they will even recommend or demand you use a particular repair shop.