Posted by Ruby Fitzpatrick at Thursday, November 26th, 2020 - 01:40:14 AM in Car Parts
Like it or not, but a car is the most visible statement of luxury and the most potent status symbol. However, is a car and people will not notice it until you customize it according to your taste. That flashy body paint, those shining chrome mirrors and radiator grilles, ultra-luxurious interiors, leather seats, and other additions make your car the object of attention.
The next step is to find a repair shop to fix your car. What you will want to do is find a place that will use the car parts you want used in the repair of your car. This is an important step, because some repair shops will use after market parts automatically, but you have to stipulate if you want them to use OEM parts. Unfortunately, it isn't unheard of for shops to use after market parts while still charging you OEM prices, which if you didn't know are more expensive.
When you see a fully restored to original classic car, there are few things that look better. To the person that restored the car to its former glory, it is likely to be even sweeter a sight. However, it may have very well have been a trying and difficult labor of love. On top of that, it probably took a lot of determination, lots of patience and a ton of classic car parts.
Of course, there are parts that you can compromise on and get a used part, while there are other's that you can't on. For example, transferring a headlight or tail-light from a used car is not a problem in most cases (though it will wear out sooner than a new one). However, transferring an air filter from a used car may be counter-productive since it may already have dust and dirt in it that will harm your car instead of helping it. The same goes for more sophisticated parts such as transmission. A general rule of the thumb is that more the internal and smaller moving components in an auto part, the riskier it is to acquire a used one for replacement.
The problem with cheap car parts has been increased even more due to the fact that there are very few regulatory agencies (private or government) that can test the used car parts before they are installed in a car as replacement. However, there are ways to obtain cheap auto parts that won't break your bank balance, and yet be as reliable as new car parts. Many used car parts may seem cheaper on paper, but frequent repairs, lower mileage and missed car-days due to the car being in repair shop add up to quite a bit in the long run. As such, one must make the effort to avoid these parts. The alternative is using discount stores, both online and offline that provide new auto parts at discounted prices.