Posted by Lucile Craig at Saturday, November 21st, 2020 - 08:20:44 AM in Car Parts
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!
Most used car parts on the market today are salvaged from cars that were completely wrecked in accidents. As such, these are some of the worst car parts to use for repairs and replacement. Various studies undertaken on such parts have shown that these parts require frequent replacements and repairs. Additionally, these parts may adversely affect the safety, comfort, and gas mileage of the car. This is because many parts have internal damage that is not visible easily, even to the trained eye. Yet, these car parts are used many times simply because the car owner cannot afford to use new and more expensive car parts.
Online, there are usually images of the used car parts that the websites are selling. Be careful when shopping online, because they may not sell you the exact part that you are looking at in the image. Sometimes parts are already painted, and they might not match the paint that is on your car. Sometimes, the parts are available without paint. If you are replacing auto body, the color of the paint is important because your car will look strange or unfinished if it is unpainted or if it is the wrong color. Talk to a body shop before you buy this type of part online.
For older, less synonymous cars, like a 2000 Dodge Caravan for example, fixing up a car like this one could present some unique and challenging problems. You are likely to find a significant lack of performance car parts for this particular model of vehicle. You might find plenty of car panels to do some crash repair, but not much in the line of performance parts. Perhaps some of the more outlandish Internet sites and specialty shops might have some parts to fit this vehicle, but overall, that will be about the extent of it.
Garages set out your bill for repairs by stating the cost of the parts, and the cost of the labour to fit them. As we all know, garages make most of their money with the labour, and even car parts costing just a few pounds can end up costing you several hundred pounds once you have added on the labour costs.