Posted by Rosalind Morton at Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 - 02:16:09 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!
When shopping for the part, check your local mechanic or car supply store. Many parts are relatively inexpensive. The true cost comes in when you need to pay for the labor to have the part installed. Used car parts are often available at a low price at these locations.
Once you know which part needs to be replaced, consider the make, model and year of your car. While all of the basic parts of a car may be the same, the size and shape of each part will be different, as parts vary between makes and models. For example, the brake pads made for a 1997 Ford Mustang will not fit a 2000 Toyota Corolla.
With older cars, fixing them up can be a little challenging. With newer cars, there are plenty of option you have to dress up the interior and exterior of the car. You can improve the performance or at least make it look like its fast as lightening. With older cars, things are a bit different.
Most of us get all our car repairs done at the local garage, or if you're lucky, you might have a mechanic or car fanatic neighbour who can help you out.