Posted by Brandi Marshall at Monday, November 23rd, 2020 - 02:21:32 AM in Car Parts
What that means is that you will either need to find parts that are interchangeable or you will need to modify existing performance parts to fit your needs on that particular vehicle. Either option is not for the novice. You will need to know what to look for are you wanted to mix and match car parts for an older vehicle. In order to modify parts, you will really need a good grasp on mechanics and in some cases, advanced engineering.
For many years, new OEM parts were the only options for servicing and repairing cars. Today, there are still many car parts such as Brake Rotors and Brake Pads that wear fast and are cheap to purchase and it only makes sense to purchase the new auto parts. However, for the more expensive ones, you can check out the options. New manufacturer parts are either manufactured at the car manufacturing plant or outsourced to off-shore metal fabrication companies especially in far east countries like China. They are made with a certain level of quality standards.
There are many local shops all over the country that specialize in not just restoring cars, but car parts as well. You may also find plenty of specialty restoration services online as well. This will normally require you shipping the part to the shop and more than likely paying for the return shipping, but if this is your only option, it is better than not having the part at all.
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.
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.