Posted by Rosalind Morton at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 - 01:40:19 AM in Car Parts
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.
You can also purchase used car parts from small shops that only sell used parts. There are plenty of these local stores in a majority of cities and neighborhoods. These places are often privately owned. Quite a few of these places will also offer a warranty on the parts that they sell. This is a nice option if you want some added security. The other benefit to going to your local used car part store is that the staff can assist you in finding the exact car part that you need. If you don't know much about cars, the may be able to help you figure out exactly which part needs replacement.
If you have an older car and you can do repairs yourself, a good place to look for parts at a good price is at a junkyard. You just find the make and model car and take the part off. You usually have to do it yourself but you will get a good deal on the part and may even find original factory equipment. Older cars are easier to buy parts for because the parts are interchangeable to a certain extent. Today cars and parts are too highly specialized for the parts to be interchangeable.
Of course, there are parts that you can compromise on and get a used part, while there are other's that you can't on. For example, transferring a headlight or tail-light from a used car is not a problem in most cases (though it will wear out sooner than a new one). However, transferring an air filter from a used car may be counter-productive since it may already have dust and dirt in it that will harm your car instead of helping it. The same goes for more sophisticated parts such as transmission. A general rule of the thumb is that more the internal and smaller moving components in an auto part, the riskier it is to acquire a used one for replacement.
You will find plenty of specialty parts dealers of virtually any make and model. For example, if you are looking for brand new side car panels for a 1991 Eagle Talon, you are probably going to find them. You may have to dig a little, and they may or may not be expensive, but they are out there waiting to be found.