Fixing up your car can get pretty expensive, especially if you buy new for replacement parts. What you may not know is that there are some parts that are just as good used as they are new, which can save you a bundle in the long run. This can be particularly helpful especially if you've ever been in the position where you are waiting weeks for a replacement part to get your car running again from an auto shop.
But there are some things you should know before you start on that hunt for a used car part:
Know Your Car's Specifics
Nothing can be quite as frustrating as getting your part in the mail only to realize that it doesn't fit on your car. Some cars require specialty parts which are variants of other parts used by other cars. So to be sure you get the right one always consult your dealership to make sure the part numbers match up. It can also help to hold on to the old part for reference.
Make Smart Purchases
While used parts make sense for things like replacing a cracked headlight or a bent rim, it makes less sense to say buy a pair of brakes or an alternator. Try not to buy things that wear out, as a used part will only be the most temporary of fixes before you end up with the same or an entirely different problem in the first place. Parts like brakes and such should generally be bought used to avoid this problem.
Only Buy Parts With A Return Policy
Try as you might, sometimes you can still find yourself on the end of a bad buy with a part that doesn't work or simply doesn't fit your car. Having an agreement for a return becomes a real boon, as it prevents your misfortune from costing you extra as you have to get a second replacement part. After all, if you end up having to buy two parts it most likely is going to cost more then just buying the part new in the first place.
While nobody wants to look like a car novice when shopping for parts you really shouldn't hesitate to ask questions. While it may not feel good for your confidence, most used part store workers will be very understanding and generally will be quite willing to help you find the parts you need.
Hopefully, by keeping all these things in mind you can make a better informed, smarter decision when it comes to buying used car parts. To learn more, contact a company like Archie's Auto Recycling with any questions you have.Share
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