Posted by Jocelyn Tate at Tuesday, December 01st, 2020 - 01:47:12 AM in Car Parts
Next, you might want to check into parts stores as well. You may have some success with this method, but if you struck out finding the car parts at the dealer, it is unlikely that you will have much luck at a parts store considering most parts stores get their OEM parts from the same place the dealer gets theirs, from the closest manufacturer parts depot.
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.
Online motor spares dealers, especially those offering secondhand car parts therefore can save you a fortune. And it's not just for car repairs either. If you have minor problems with your car such as faulty windscreen wipers or lights not working, by buying the parts online and fitting these yourself, again, you can save yourself and awful lot of money. If you don't know how to fit a particular part, a quick Google or a search on YouTube will almost certainly take you towards a host of resources which will tell you what to do with them. Car enthusiasts take great pride in undertaking their own repairs and generally tend to be very keen to help other people to fix theirs. As long as you are polite and reasonable (and as specific as possible with your request) you may be surprised at how easy some car maintenance and repair jobs actually are, even if you've never considered yourself to be a car "person".
People tend to be a bit worried about sourcing parts or things that they can't fit themselves, or they think that if they were to try to save money by supplying a car part to their local garage for fitting, that they would offend the garage. One way to look at it is the analogy of taking some fresh fish round to your local restaurant and asking them if you can dine there for less if they cook the fish you brought in.
Whether you are shopping for your used car part online or at your local used car part store, remember the make and model of your car. Not all used car parts will fit all cars, so make sure that you note this when asking for assistance or searching on a used car part website. Once you have the part you need, consider if you will replace it yourself or have someone do it for you.