Posted by Rosalind Morton at Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 - 02:16:09 AM in Car Parts
You may be able to find used car parts on the internet. Shop online and do some research on installing the part as well. You may be able to save money on the purchase of the used car part, as well as save money on labor if you know how to install the part yourself. When you conduct your search online, don't forget to include the make and model of your car.
Check the condition - It is important for car owners to check the condition of the car part they wish to buy. This is essential since you are just opting for used car parts and there are instances that hidden defects or damages can be seen, thus, can make your find even harder.
It may be worth the hassle, as many people now choose to buy car parts from the many locator services, which put you in touch with national breaker yards. You get the buy a used car part cheaper, but the part is likely to be made to the manufacturer specification and not a cheap copy that you often get through accessory shops. The problem here is these used car parts do not come in a box with part numbers written on, that can be matched against the manufacturer manual.
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 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.