Posted by Ellen Barlow at Monday, November 16th, 2020 - 02:12:44 AM in Car Parts
Perhaps no other human invention is subject to so many alterations and customization as vehicles. Every car was a customized once. Those were the days of elegant, classic cars. During the first decade of the twentieth century, those who could afford cars had a choice of some of the finest car ever built. These hand-built cars were powerful and luxurious, using the finest woods, leathers and cloths, and many embellishments.
Whether you are shopping for your used car part online or at your local used car part store, remember the make and model of your car. Not all used car parts will fit all cars, so make sure that you note this when asking for assistance or searching on a used car part website. Once you have the part you need, consider if you will replace it yourself or have someone do it for you.
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.
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.
To begin with, it should be clear that aftermarket car parts are not essential for the car's everyday running. Nor are aftermarket parts available as standard accessories from car dealers. These are available at manufacturers or suppliers of ancillary spare parts.