Posted by Katrina Deleon at Wednesday, December 09th, 2020 - 01:59:11 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 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.
Depending on the car, you might find more than your fair share of after market performance parts. In addition you'll probably find plenty options to dress up you car as well. These options tend to be most plentiful in certain import cars as well as several lines of sports cars as well.
The first step is to figure out which part needs to be replaced. If the car seems to be making strange noises, find out where the noise is coming from. Note what function the car is performing when you hear the unusual noise. Do you hear a scraping sound when you step on the brakes? You might need to replace the brake pads. Examine the car for rusted or broken parts. Check under the hood as well as under the car itself.
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.