Posted by Jocelyn Tate at Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 - 02:27:28 AM in Car Parts
The auto parts bought from these stores have already undergone testing in many cases and the prices are lowered primarily by lowering overhead and reducing the profit margin. This allows such dealers to provide cheap auto parts, often at over 15-20% discount, and sometimes even more. The benefits of getting these parts over seemingly cheap auto parts are obvious. The parts are tested, and can be returned in case of defects. Since these parts are new, they often last far longer than used parts and provide optimum performance. As such, there is no danger of the hidden costs often associated with used car parts. These stores are often found online far more than offline since the overhead of running an online store is far lower than a brick and mortar business. Searching online for "cheap auto parts" and "discount auto parts" may yield some good results. However, be careful since many places online are auctions for old used parts, not discount stores for new parts at lower prices than others.
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.
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 truth is, as long as the motor spares that are fitted are in good condition and suitable for the job (i.e. they are right car parts for the right car model), most garages and mechanics will not object if you want to provide the parts yourself. They still get their markup on the labour. Next time you are facing an MOT repair job, find out what the parts are and ask if you can source your own. Yes, it might slow the job down a bit (and if you need an urgent repair, you'll probably have to go with what the garage provides) but if you do have the time, go for it!
When classic cars are the issue, it really takes all kinds. So whether you are a purist that demands original parts for you classic restoration, or you want the look of a fully restored classic car and you have no issue with using replica after market parts, everyone can be happy. With options for both, your classic car restoration can be exactly what you wanted it to be.