Posted by Rosalind Morton at Thursday, December 24th, 2020 - 01:52:17 AM in Car Parts
With after market classic car replica parts you can have a part that fits just about any classic car you could imagine, domestic or import at a much reduced cost.
In some cases, you might have some luck finding original car parts for a car that old online, but even that could be a bit of a stretch. You'll likely find a ton of after market options, but if you want to be a purist when it comes to a full classic car restoration, anything other than an original panel will simply not do.
It's funny how most people, or at least, most people who use the internet, will buy almost anything online without hesitating. They buy toiletries, they buy computer bits and bobs, they buy perfume. However, one area where there is hesitancy is when buying car parts.
In order to avoid this, you want to be sure that your insurance company pays you directly for the repairs as opposed to settling the bill after the repairs are done. This will give you the freedom to have the car repaired where you choose and have the car parts used that you wish to be used.
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!