How to Buy Car Parts Online Like an Expert
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Published by TOP4 Team
It’s neat that you can actually repair your own car. But then you'll have to find the parts on your own. On the upside, you don’t have to deal with shady repair shops or mechanics that charge you exorbitant amounts for a small part replacement — shopping for car parts can give you more savings.
And you don’t even need to leave your house when you buy for parts. With many resources on the web, you can simply find, choose and have your parts delivered to your front door.
But before you slap the table and say, “Piece of cake,” you'll need to follow certain steps to make sure you don’t get screwed on a price and that you get the right parts.
Think about the year and model of your car before paying for parts.
Different cars require different parts. Some cars in the same model but in different years will feature varying parts. And some parts are unique to the model of a car.
If you buy the wrong part, you'll risk ruining your vehicle. You may experience a decrease in car performance because the wrong parts will affect the other parts, or you could potentially endanger your life on the road. This is generally the case when you purchase ill-fitting tires.
Do your research.
The beauty of buying your vehicle’s parts online is that you can do a fair amount of research in a short amount of time. You can look through several automotive parts websites. You can make comparisons on price, inventory, warranty and delivery.
Consider generic parts.
You don’t have to always get the original manufacturer parts; some generic parts are compatible and just as good. You just have to make sure you're getting them from reputable sources.
Score coupons to get more savings.
Some online auto parts stores offer rebates and discounts. Find these coupons and use them. You never know when a $50 coupon could help get a better starter, fuel pump or belt components.
Go where the so-called grease monkeys share expertise.
You can get in on the conversation online and pick up a few things, from how to install certain parts to where to get the best parts at affordable prices. Some forums are dedicated entirely to just cart parts. Find those forums and get proper advice.
Finally, if you’re looking for a rare part for a rare car, you might do better tracking it down in person. Sometimes, your neighbourhood junkyard might have a ”goldmine” of vintage car parts priced reasonably.
Consider visiting a car dealer near you today.