Posted by Anita Ferguson at Friday, November 20th, 2020 - 02:49:22 AM in Car Parts
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.
The auto parts bought from these stores have already undergone testing in many cases and the prices are lowered primarily by lowering overhead and reducing the profit margin. This allows such dealers to provide cheap auto parts, often at over 15-20% discount, and sometimes even more. The benefits of getting these parts over seemingly cheap auto parts are obvious. The parts are tested, and can be returned in case of defects. Since these parts are new, they often last far longer than used parts and provide optimum performance. As such, there is no danger of the hidden costs often associated with used car parts. These stores are often found online far more than offline since the overhead of running an online store is far lower than a brick and mortar business. Searching online for "cheap auto parts" and "discount auto parts" may yield some good results. However, be careful since many places online are auctions for old used parts, not discount stores for new parts at lower prices than others.
If you have an older car and you can do repairs yourself, a good place to look for parts at a good price is at a junkyard. You just find the make and model car and take the part off. You usually have to do it yourself but you will get a good deal on the part and may even find original factory equipment. Older cars are easier to buy parts for because the parts are interchangeable to a certain extent. Today cars and parts are too highly specialized for the parts to be interchangeable.
If you are trying to repair an older car then you might experience a little difficulty in locating parts for the car. That is, if you are looking for OEM or factory original parts. While this can be done, it might take a bit more of your time then finding an after market counterpart.
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.