Posted by Katelyn Pitts at Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 - 01:59:46 AM in Car Parts
After a car accident, depending on how serious the accident was, your insurance company will determine if your car is a total loss or if it can be repaired. If you own an older car, the chances are high that if the insurance company considers it would cost more to repair it than the car is actually worth, they will total it. However, this is not always the case.
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.
No one wants to be in an accident. There is a risk of injury or death and it can be a traumatic experience and give you serious reservations about driving in the future. What's more, a mild to serious accident can leave you without a car. With an older car, this could prove to be a real issue. Seeing all the car parts strewn across the accident scene can leave you will a sinking feeling that your car is over and done with, apart from the shock and disbelief that is so common after being in a car accident. So the real question is what is next.
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.
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.