Posted by Jocelyn Tate at Tuesday, December 01st, 2020 - 01:47:23 AM in Car Parts
One solution is to join one of the many online forums that dedicate members to the particular make and model of car you own. Then ask the question first before you buy anywhere. Is the part I need to buy have different serial numbers or has it been supplied on a consistent basis around the time of manufacture could be a question?
It is extremely common for a car to break down and need a part replaced. Most car owners have already experienced this, and those who haven't, will do so at some point in the future. Many car owners are also aware that cheap auto parts are available if one knows where to look for them. However, this is where most people's understanding of cheap auto parts available at discount prices ends. Either most people end up paying premium prices for the parts, or trust that the cheap used car part being installed by the mechanic is indeed the best deal available. But is this true?
There are tons of used car parts available on the internet. If you search for a used car part online, all you have to do is pay with your credit card. They will ship the part to whatever shipping address you provide them with. It should arrive within a few business days. This is convenient, especially if you want to avoid making extra trips with your car until the part you need is replaced.
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.
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!