Are you on the hunt for quality auto parts? Where do you find them? Check out this guide to find out.
The vast majority of cars on the road have a lifespan of between 150,000 and 300,000 miles. You might be asking yourself what makes some cars live twice as long as others. After all, the more miles that you can get out of your car, the more affordable your car’s purchase price becomes. There are two big factors that impact a car’s lifespan.
The first factor is quality. Some car manufacturers use better parts than others and charge a premium to consumers for their craftsmanship. The second factor is something that you have more control over and that’s maintenance. Good car maintenance will always keep your car running longer versus poor maintenance.
Sometimes, buying quality auto parts is part of a car owner’s maintenance responsibilities and as such, we thought we’d give you some advice on where and how to find good parts that’ll keep your vehicle on the road!
1. Talk to Your Dealer
The absolute easiest way to get quality auto parts is to go into your car’s dealership and ask for help. When we say your car’s dealership, we mean an official, licensed dealership that brandishes your car manufacturer’s name. We’re not talking about a car reseller like “Greg’s Auto Sales”.
Licensed car dealers that specialize in your car’s make have direct access to well-priced OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts that are covered by a solid warranty and are guaranteed to be compatible with your vehicle. They also know how to install said parts and can likely get you served and on your way in under 24-hours.
2. Head Over to Your Local Auto Shop
Is your dealership not available to service you? Would you prefer to give your business to another company in your community? If so, head down to a reputable auto parts store and have a discussion with the store’s desk-clerk. If you have a lot of questions, we recommend heading down on a Saturday morning around opening time when most consumers are still snoozing.
A knowledgeable store clerk should be able to brief you on which OEM parts you can purchase and which aftermarket items are available so you can make an informed purchase decision.
3. Look Into Discounted OEM Offers
When you’re looking for quality auto parts without the potential for headache, our team always advocates going with OEM parts. The problem with OEM parts is that they tend to be a lot more expensive than aftermarket parts. If price is a concern for you, call your car’s manufacturer to see if you qualify for any part discounts. Sometimes, manufacturers offer coupons on their parts. Other times, vehicle owners find out that their car is still under a warranty that subsidizes the price of an OEM part altogether.
You never know unless you ask.
4. Buy Parts Online
Not able to find the part you’re looking for at the price that you want yet? No problem. There’s a whole world of quality auto parts out there for you to buy and most of these auto parts are available right now online.
Head over to popular auto part sites like eBay, Euro Car Parts or another company that you trust to see what it is that they have available. Just make sure that any item that you buy is covered by a warranty and has a return policy that’s simple and as cheap as possible (ie: free return shipping).
5. Peek Around Your Community
There are a number of quality auto parts for sale in and around your local community. The trouble is making connections with the people that are selling them. To find “come-ups” (rare one-off deals on parts sold by private parties), your first stop should be Craigslist.
Browse the site to see what’s on offer and if you’re interested in a part that’s being sold, give its owner a call. Just make sure that the person you’re dealing with seems legitimate and only ever meet in a public place, during morning hours while accompanied by a friend.
6. Head to a Scrap Yard
It sounds pretty counterintuitive to head to a scrap yard in order to find quality auto parts. Believe it or not though, scrap yards are a playground for savvy auto part buyers that are looking for great finds. If you’re lucky enough to have a yard within driving distance of your house, head over and see what their policies are on picking parts. You could end up walking away with a great auto part for free or at a deep discount.
7. Do Your Homework and Be Confident
In a lot of auto part (and car buying) situations, doing a little bit of homework can go a long way when it comes to saving you time and money. Know which part you’re looking for, know its model number and learn how to determine a bad part from a good one. If you can do all of that, you can confidently shop for parts sold by third-party sellers which should net you substantial discounts. If you can’t do that, you’re probably best off going to a dealership or a chain auto parts store to get what you need.
Finding quality auto parts isn’t hard. All it takes is driving down to a local dealership. Finding quality auto parts at a great price or finding rare quality auto parts can be a whole lot harder. Armed with our tips though, you should have all of the information that you need to get whatever part you’re looking for.
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