Posted by Jenny Thornton at Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 - 01:52:32 AM in Car Parts
There are certain criteria which one must be aware of before going out to buy aftermarket car parts. Firstly you need to be aware that installing an aftermarket car part may null your vehicles warranty, if there is any. Therefore, be sure to check your warranty documents before proceeding to install a car part. Secondly ensure you know your car make, model and year as these are the common criteria used to check whether a part is compatible with your car. Finally be sure to check your local laws as installing a certain type of part may be deemed illegal in your area of residence.
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.
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.
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.
Most used car parts on the market today are salvaged from cars that were completely wrecked in accidents. As such, these are some of the worst car parts to use for repairs and replacement. Various studies undertaken on such parts have shown that these parts require frequent replacements and repairs. Additionally, these parts may adversely affect the safety, comfort, and gas mileage of the car. This is because many parts have internal damage that is not visible easily, even to the trained eye. Yet, these car parts are used many times simply because the car owner cannot afford to use new and more expensive car parts.