Posted by Nellie Joyce at Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 - 01:50:43 AM in Car Parts
But this is not the case. A car like any other machine is made up of hundreds of Car parts that work together to make a car run. All of these parts are crucial to the proper working and smooth running of a car. It may be as trivial as a screw or nut in the Car Engine or Car Gearbox. A loose nut or screw can not only hamper the smooth running of the car, it may even prevent the car from running at all. If it is a crucial nut or screw, such as the ones used in the Wheels of a car, it becomes more essential that they be properly fixed. The Quality, Servicing, Maintenance, and or replacement of Car parts over a period of time is essential and crucial for the proper running and long life of the car.
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!
Check the condition - It is important for car owners to check the condition of the car part they wish to buy. This is essential since you are just opting for used car parts and there are instances that hidden defects or damages can be seen, thus, can make your find even harder.
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.
It may be worth the hassle, as many people now choose to buy car parts from the many locator services, which put you in touch with national breaker yards. You get the buy a used car part cheaper, but the part is likely to be made to the manufacturer specification and not a cheap copy that you often get through accessory shops. The problem here is these used car parts do not come in a box with part numbers written on, that can be matched against the manufacturer manual.