Posted by Cheryl Downs at Wednesday, December 02nd, 2020 - 01:24:58 AM in Car Parts
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?
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!
Since these independent manufacturers specialize in these fields you can be sure that they are qualitatively good and will last for a long time. These companies are an important part of the automobile industry and supply parts which are used by many people all over the world. The other advantage is that these parts are also more affordable than the original car parts. Due to the recent recession the automobile industry has experienced a slump, but the aftermarket car parts industry has been running fine. This is so because people may have stopped buying cars but maintenance and enhancement will continue.
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.
The first place that you want to start your search for original parts is with a dealership that sells the make of car that you drive. This is a hit and miss prospect because while dealers are the best place to find OEM parts specific to your make, they may not carry parts for older cars like yours.