Posted by Julie Copeland at Thursday, December 03rd, 2020 - 01:45:42 AM in Car Parts
Some people may purchase aftermarket car parts for safety reasons such as xenon headlight upgrades which provide brighter and whiter light and therefore greater visibility. Other people may just want their cars to look good and have that exclusivity and would purchase styling parts and accessories like body kits and alloy wheels to make their cars stand out from the crowd. For many car enthusiasts purchasing aftermarket parts and modifying their cars is a real pastime and may spend thousands on performance upgrades, interior & exterior styling as well as other cosmetics.
When restoring classic cars, there is a small but very serious group of people that believe that when a classic car is restored it must be done with the utmost care and attention in getting factory original parts that were used when the car was new. Many people would think to turn to a Chevy dealer. The problem is that if you own a 64 Chevy Nova and you need some car panels; it is unlikely you'll have much success finding an OEM replacement part there.
The next step is to find a repair shop to fix your car. What you will want to do is find a place that will use the car parts you want used in the repair of your car. This is an important step, because some repair shops will use after market parts automatically, but you have to stipulate if you want them to use OEM parts. Unfortunately, it isn't unheard of for shops to use after market parts while still charging you OEM prices, which if you didn't know are more expensive.
There are tons of used car parts available on the internet. If you search for a used car part online, all you have to do is pay with your credit card. They will ship the part to whatever shipping address you provide them with. It should arrive within a few business days. This is convenient, especially if you want to avoid making extra trips with your car until the part you need is replaced.
In some cases, you might have some luck finding original car parts for a car that old online, but even that could be a bit of a stretch. You'll likely find a ton of after market options, but if you want to be a purist when it comes to a full classic car restoration, anything other than an original panel will simply not do.