5 Important Tips When Shopping for Used Parts (2018)
Except you don’t have your own car yet, buying and replacing auto parts is probably something you’re used to. And whether your car is a lemon that can’t go a few weeks without developing a major fault OR a power horse that serves you well for months without any breakdown, it will always require maintenance if it must continue being road worthy. If you are thinking of getting top cash for your unwanted vehicles read our How to get rid of an old article.
Statistics show that on the average, some people spend over hundreds of thousands of dollars on cars during their lifetime. While this is not a reference in anyway, it’s just a reminder of how much you could be exhausting in your car expenses.
Luckily, you can cut off some of these expenses without it taking a toll on the performance of your car. One of the easiest ways to do that is to go for used parts whenever the need to replace any component in your car arises.
While it sounds reasonable to always go for brand new car parts, sometimes it might not be convenient or even possible due to cost or availability. Used spare parts offer a cheaper way to get your vehicle running again without breaking your bankroll. Perhaps, there are many used parts that are just as good as new ones or even better; it all depends on where you get them.
Considering how tedious and difficult to get good used parts in New Zealand is, you may want to use some help. With this in mind, below are five tips to help purchase the right used parts and cut down your auto expenses this year.
1. Don’t be carried away by deep discounts for used parts
No doubt, we all like it cheap especially when spending on a tight budget. However, when shopping for items with much significance like auto parts, it’s usually better not base your purchase decision solely on price.
Of course, it would be nice to get a good discount on your deals, but watch it when prices are ridiculously low. We have a lot of products from both reputable manufacturers and those that are just trying to beat price in order to get their products into the market.
Parts manufactured by the later tend to be ridiculously cheap and might actually pass as “good” except for the fact that most of them fail often times. Discounts can be high as 25% or even more; don’t get carried away.
This is why it’s always good to make comparisons. Used parts are generally expected to be cheap, but watch it when they are “too” cheap.
2. Know how much your car is worth
Whether you’re looking for Japanese car parts, something old like a 1972 Olds Cutlass or a 2002 Toyota Tacoma, or something more recent like a Honda CR-V, make sure you have an idea of the value of the car, the make, and the year it was released. Usually, older models a 1972 Olds Cutlass are more difficult to find in the market while newer and common models like Ford Fusion are more readily available.
Whatever you are looking for, having any idea of how much your car is worth will help you spot the right deal. From the prize of the aftermarket part, you will be able to know if the seller is offering the right item. Anyway, you are more likely to find larger discounts on second-hand car parts for vehicles that are still being used by many people. A good example of such a place is Snap Dismantlers.
When it comes to buying used spare parts, there are many options open to you. You can check in with any auto parts store or a car wrecker in your area or you can go online. Whichever route you decide to take, make sure you do some digging before you pick a place to buy. This way you will be able to know when a seller is asking too much for an aftermarket part.
But then try to be polite even if you have to argue a bit with price. This is expected especially when buying from car wreckers. Whether you are in Rotorua, Tauranga or any other part of New Zealand, Snap Dismantlers is a good place to start with.
4. Look out for return policies
Whenever you are buying anything- not just car parts- make sure you look out for things like guarantees or policies.
The best form of guarantee you can get for used auto part is a workable return policy. This is the best way to avoid ending up with a car part that is substandard. Even if you do end up with such a used spare part, with a return policy to back up your purchase, you can always give back the part in exchange for another one or your money.
Without any form of guarantee from the seller you are doing business with, there’s a greater chance you might end up repurchasing that part again if the one you bought doesn’t work for your car or fails after a few miles.
Be wise; don’t get caught in between a bad deal! At Snap Dismantlers we offer you the right part for the right price, if it is not the right part we will take it back.
5. Exhaust every other means before considering car dealerships
There are two reasons why car dealerships should be the last place you should look when you want to purchase any car part. First, their parts are costly…at least, enough to make you want to break the bank. And secondly, because it is unnecessary; a new part doesn’t necessarily guarantee your car’s performance. And except you’ve got so much money to spend, you shouldn’t even have dealerships in mind at all. Perhaps, why spend hundreds of dollars on an OEM headlight assembly when you can get it for half the price or even less, as a used part?
So unless you don’t find the particular part you are looking for at a car wreckers yard or an auto parts shop in your local area, then you can ahead and check it up at a dealer. But also expect to pay exorbitant prices for items.
Snap Dismantlers have a huge collection of quality and affordable used part for most of the Japanese and European vehicles. Contact our friendly team if you have any queries or if you are looking for a part.