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Used Car Parts - How not to break the bank

18 July 2014, 16:35

It’s a fact that when you own a car, you'll need spare car parts at some point. Besides the cost of fuel, car parts and maintenance are the most expensive elements to owning a used car. Some people have been forced to ground their cars because the cost of spare parts was beyond what they could afford. But you do not always have to spend a fortune if you consider the aftermarket - <a href="">used cars</a> parts. If you could make an effort to source the parts yourself, you could save money that would otherwise be paid to your garage who will charge you full retail price. If for mechanical reasons the replacement does need to be new then consider getting a generic brand as opposed to original equipment manufacturer stock as the savings could be significant.

You don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to source genuine  <a href="">car parts</a>. The internet is your one-stop-shop for all new and second hand car parts. A number of websites have been set up just for this purpose, to source and supply car parts throughout the world. To find the real bargains it is definitely worth contacting scrap yards and car dismantlers. Many have their inventory catalogued so can tell you on the phone if the part is in stock. Other less technology orientated companies may say they have a similar car to be dismantled in stock but that you would have to come down and check for yourself if the part is there. A simple Google search would reveal a number of scrap yards and dismantlers in your area. Most suppliers you find on the web offer doorstep delivery services. Different car part suppliers also have their own rates and quotes, so comparing across multiple retailers would land you the best deals.

Another place to seek advice is online car forums. Most car owners participate in at least one car forum website. Try to find a forum dedicated to the car manufacturer you drive as you will find more specific information related to the problem you have and what is required to repair it. 

For example, if you own a BMW 3 series, you would be more interested in participating in BMW forums as opposed to a forum that talk about cars in general. By being specific on the type of forum you want to participate in, you'll solve problems much faster because such forums are created for people with a common problem. Furthermore, car experts are also very precise on which forums they want to participate in. No one knows all cars like the palm of their hands, but they must at least understand one brand better than the other. You can even learn to do some basic repair work yourself in these forums to avoid visiting the garage unnecessarily.  We know some people will call their mechanic because they couldn't check the oil level, or they couldn't replace a punctured tyre. 

Don't be overly quick to replace a car part that appears to you to be worn out. Some car owners will simply replace their batteries the moment the engine can't start properly upon inserting the key on the ignition. Sometimes this doesn't mean that the battery is faulty. In fact, if you open the bonnet to inspect the condition of your car battery properly, it might turn out that the terminals are either too dirty to make solid contact with the metallic parts of the battery, or your battery acid needs to be replaced. Most car battery problems never require their owners to replace them before the stated lifespan has expired. Remember that your goal is not to pay unnecessary fees so long as you are not compromising your safety on the road.

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