Posted by Karina Barnes at Tuesday, December 08th, 2020 - 01:20:24 AM in Car Parts
There are many local shops all over the country that specialize in not just restoring cars, but car parts as well. You may also find plenty of specialty restoration services online as well. This will normally require you shipping the part to the shop and more than likely paying for the return shipping, but if this is your only option, it is better than not having the part at all.
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!
Quality Car parts, timely servicing and maintenance, and or replacing parts with good quality spare parts is not only essential, but crucial to the smooth running and long life of a car. If you can think of a car as a living, breathing object, then you can understand that just like any other animate object in this world, a car also requires food (oil and gas), servicing and maintenance (washing, oil changes, etc), or some tuning and adjustments of parts (heart surgeries, liver, lung, and stomach ailments) and sometimes replacement of parts (liver transplants, heart transplants). This just shows that if you take care of a car like a family member, it will provide trouble free service for years and be with you like a friend for life.
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?
Buying car parts can easy or it can be extremely difficult. It is probably easier to find parts for an older car than it is for a newer car. Car parts for cars that are a year or two old must, for the most part, come from the dealer. Since the car is under warranty, the dealer usually supplies the parts or acquires parts that they know are of good quality and compatible. The after-market for new cars doesn't exist until the warranties have expired. Most new cars shouldn't need parts. Older cars can be easier to find parts for because there are more parts available and more places to buy them. For a car that is ten or fifteen years old, the systems weren't as finicky then as they are now. They could accommodate different kinds of parts without the chance of damaging an operating system with a part of inferior quality which is a chance with the new cars.