Like many car owners and car parts buyers out there, I must say that I once thought that the genuine parts sold by my local automotive dealer were better. Well surprisingly, this is far removed from the truth. Do you think that car makers make their own parts? They certainly don’t. They would probably like you to think so but this isn’t the case.
The Web can take you straight to the richest resources when it comes to buying auto parts. That not only you have access to any store from anywhere and have the item shipped to you, but you can also locate the needed piece through its exact specifications. To get straight to the auto parts you have to get, simply go to your computer, and be aware of what you know about your car and type in the exact item to be bought. With only a few clicks, you will be taken to the exact online distributors which stock on the needed auto parts and accessories. Firstly, it is crucial to determine the make and the model of your car — know the manufacturer date, too. Do not leave out any of the details. Serial numbers and engine numbers may also be required. Thus, you can make sure the right parts will be supplied.
There are different places one can look for auto parts such as local specialty stores, online stores or auto parts auctions, and last but not least junk or salvage yards. Every place has its pros and cons.
In addition there are many local junk or salvage yards at your disposal. The great part is that the price is almost always lower, and it is delivered to you the same day. The downside is there are no guarantees on used parts. Although many reputable yards do provide a replacement or refund in case the part doesn’t perform satisfactory, the time replacing it again is lost.
Other unfortunate incidents like an accident may render a car completely useless. Sometimes a car can be damaged in an accident beyond repair. The thing to do then is to get in touch with the insurance company of the car and get as much cash as possible and then get the car repaired. That is a very strenuous process and technical glitches will appear from time to time. The best thing to do with a car which gets heavily damaged in an accident is to sell it off in a car care. The seller can get a desirable amount of cash for junk cars and can get a brand new one. The buyer also sells the parts of the damaged car to his profit.
Obviously buying used can have a huge cost benefit. Unless you have a rare or high-end luxury or sports car, a salvage yard special will be between $25 and $50. Not bad compared to the cost of a new cooling system from your local dealer.
While some mechanics are fighting this change, quite a few are embracing it. They realize they no longer are responsible for warranties on parts. Also, they no longer have to worry about paying their parts suppliers on time. In fact, some mechanics actually give out web addresses to companies they want their customers to purchase from. Even though they lose the profit they would have made on the parts, they will generally have fewer headaches when it comes to getting such parts for their customers. A few mechanics have even gone as far as just charging more for the labor.
The Dealer — The best place to get original equipment manufacturer parts is through your local dealer. They have everything your vehicle needs or can order it for you. However, just remember a dealer can be a pricey option for you: you’ll pay the full price on just about everything in their inventory.