Posted by Jocelyn Tate at Saturday, November 21st, 2020 - 08:18:16 AM in Car Parts
The era of custom-built cars ended with the introduction of mass production starting with Ford Model T. Instead of luxury, usefulness dictates the automobile industry of today. These days, except for a few very high-end cars, manufacturers do not entertain requests for customization. However, not everything is lost. One can still revamp his or her car with hundreds of aftermarket car parts. Let us understand what aftermarket parts are.
The first place that you want to start your search for original parts is with a dealership that sells the make of car that you drive. This is a hit and miss prospect because while dealers are the best place to find OEM parts specific to your make, they may not carry parts for older cars like yours.
It may be worth the hassle, as many people now choose to buy car parts from the many locator services, which put you in touch with national breaker yards. You get the buy a used car part cheaper, but the part is likely to be made to the manufacturer specification and not a cheap copy that you often get through accessory shops. The problem here is these used car parts do not come in a box with part numbers written on, that can be matched against the manufacturer manual.
Next, you might want to check into parts stores as well. You may have some success with this method, but if you struck out finding the car parts at the dealer, it is unlikely that you will have much luck at a parts store considering most parts stores get their OEM parts from the same place the dealer gets theirs, from the closest manufacturer parts depot.
One solution is to join one of the many online forums that dedicate members to the particular make and model of car you own. Then ask the question first before you buy anywhere. Is the part I need to buy have different serial numbers or has it been supplied on a consistent basis around the time of manufacture could be a question?