Posted by Melisa Sutton at Monday, November 23rd, 2020 - 04:23:46 AM in Car Parts
Well, guess what. Chefs and mechanics don't think the same way! No doubt, were you to take your own fish into the restaurant to ask for a cheaper meal you would quickly be shown the door. However, this is not the case when you need car parts.
The internet makes things much easier nowadays with instant quotes and the ability to buy anything including car parts online 365 days a year 24 hours a day. With many products it is quiet easy as there may be just ion version of what you are buying, but when it comes to car parts it can be a totally different story. There is this assumption that by buying a particular make and model of car, it will have the same set of parts that that entire model would have. The truth is this is juts not true. First of all the time when your car is registered, that normally dictates the year of the car, may not be the time it was manufactured. It is very possible that your car has been standing for 6 months on an airfield somewhere, before it was eventually sold and registered at new. There can be the same car, registered at the same time but was built 4 months later. This ultimately means that there could be a difference in the parts that make up the car.
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.
You can also purchase used car parts from small shops that only sell used parts. There are plenty of these local stores in a majority of cities and neighborhoods. These places are often privately owned. Quite a few of these places will also offer a warranty on the parts that they sell. This is a nice option if you want some added security. The other benefit to going to your local used car part store is that the staff can assist you in finding the exact car part that you need. If you don't know much about cars, the may be able to help you figure out exactly which part needs replacement.
Older cars can be a challenge to repair, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. You can even find factory original parts as well. It might take more time, and it could be a bit more expensive, but if you want the car repaired, bumpers, fenders, car panels and all, and have it done right, the time and extra expense it will cost you will be worth it.