Posted by Jenny Thornton at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 - 01:51:27 AM in Car Parts
Most of us get all our car repairs done at the local garage, or if you're lucky, you might have a mechanic or car fanatic neighbour who can help you out.
Next, you might want to check into parts stores as well. You may have some success with this method, but if you struck out finding the car parts at the dealer, it is unlikely that you will have much luck at a parts store considering most parts stores get their OEM parts from the same place the dealer gets theirs, from the closest manufacturer parts depot.
For older, less synonymous cars, like a 2000 Dodge Caravan for example, fixing up a car like this one could present some unique and challenging problems. You are likely to find a significant lack of performance car parts for this particular model of vehicle. You might find plenty of car panels to do some crash repair, but not much in the line of performance parts. Perhaps some of the more outlandish Internet sites and specialty shops might have some parts to fit this vehicle, but overall, that will be about the extent of it.
Many car modifications (or mods, as it is often referred) made to a vehicle are made using aftermarket car parts. So what are aftermarket parts? Simply put, aftermarket parts are those which have been made by a company other than the original manufacturer of your car. Manufacturers parts are commonly known as Original Equipment Manufacturer. So why buy parts from someone other than that of your car manufacturer? It's like in any market if a company are making only certain kind of products they may have more knowledge than the original manufacturers therefore they have the ability to provide better and larger range of products such as a company specializing in performance car parts may provide better parts. Aftermarket car parts contain wide range of product types such as light bulbs to air filters and turbo kits and chrome wheels. Some aftermarket parts can be installed by the car's owner with minimal or no knowledge about cars while other parts may require you to seek a professional to install the part. You should seek advice from a knowledgeable person before purchasing an aftermarket car part.
What that means is that you will either need to find parts that are interchangeable or you will need to modify existing performance parts to fit your needs on that particular vehicle. Either option is not for the novice. You will need to know what to look for are you wanted to mix and match car parts for an older vehicle. In order to modify parts, you will really need a good grasp on mechanics and in some cases, advanced engineering.