Posted by Cora Rosa at Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 - 01:17:11 AM in Car Parts
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?
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".
In some cases, you might have some luck finding original car parts for a car that old online, but even that could be a bit of a stretch. You'll likely find a ton of after market options, but if you want to be a purist when it comes to a full classic car restoration, anything other than an original panel will simply not do.
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.
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.