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Safety Tips for Buying Auto Parts
Buying a used or new parts is a personal and no one can decide for you. Its based on your experience and affordability. However, which ever option you decide to go for, they both can serve your needs. Used parts are often looked down upon but that shouldn't be the case. There are quality used parts out there. If you are on a tight budget and doesn't need something new, used parts are a great option. It comes down to your ability to do your research and find the best parts for yourself.
There are many places you can buy auto parts, it can be from manufacturer dealer, parts store, breakers yard or private seller. The most important thing is your ability to do a good research. You will be able to see what the parts are selling for on the market and also compare prices.
Scrap or Breakers Yard
If you decide to buy at a Scrap yard or Breakers yard, you can usually haggle with the price a bit, but be polite and respectful. Don’t try to get them to sell you a part that’s in good shape for the price of a part that isn’t.
Private or Individual seller
When buying from individual seller, make sure you know the seller and any important information about the parts. Ensure the parts shown in the picture are what you will be getting. Give the seller a call to make sure you are getting the exact parts you are paying for.
Finally do your final checks by asking around before making your final choice. Seek friends and family advice and check the sellers or business reviews.
You should know everything you can about the part before you buy it, including things like your vehicles identification number, or VIN. If the part is small enough, you should bring it with you when you go to buy a new one. This will help make sure you get the correct part you need, and it will also help you spot a duplicate part. Duplicated parts aren’t hard to make, and because they are only copies, they are not safe. The good news is they are usually easy to spot. A duplicate will look slightly different from your part or will have small errors like an incorrect logo.
We advice that you know the history of any parts you are buying if its used parts. You may want to know important information such as mileage, and whether its a repair part, or completely refurbished. This is to ensure that you buy a part that would'nt break down after just few miles of used.
Most new parts and parts bought from dealers has warranty. If you end up buying part without return, it will cost you lots of money. You’ll want to make sure you can return or exchange the part.
You need to know all the conditions and fine print before you buy. If the seller you’ve decided to buy from doesn’t offer any kind of warranty, you should probably just find a new one. If there is no warranty and you bought a used part that doesn’t work, you’ll have to spend double the money to get the part again.
Buying a part that match the exact colour of your original parts will save you lots of money in repainting and polishing costs. If you find a part that works for your car but that isn’t the right colour, you may be better off trying to find another part that will work. The best choice is to try your best to find a part that mostly match the colour so it doesn't look out of shade. Although all depends on you, If you don’t mind a mismatched car, you can pick whatever colour part you want.
Some car parts play a bigger role in the overall safety of the car than others. If the part you are buying plays an important role in the overall function and safety of the car then it's worth buying a new part or buying it from a recognised Trade or dealer. Although this isn’t always the case. Consult others for views and use your discretion.
VSTAG helping to protect buyers and sellers from vehicle-related fraud.
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