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Friday, September 20, 2013

Buying used auto parts in an effort to save cash? Check out the store's reputation first!

By Andrew Lisa
 
There has always been a market for used auto parts. Perusing the junkyard has been a ritual for gearheads and DIYers for generations. But now more than any time before, people are fixing their cars with previously owned parts for the obvious reason of saving money. 



Although the Internet has made it easier, tracking the lineage of individual parts is still difficult for the average consumer, which means you're putting your trust in the retailer. Buying used auto parts is like buying prescription drugs. Saving money is great, but you really, really want to know that the person from whom you're buying is on the up and up. Getting ripped off could cost you your life.

DIYers use previously owned car parts to lower their costs
Save money without sacrificing quality by buying used auto parts from a reputable dealer

Return policy 


The best way to protect yourself is never to buy from anyone who doesn't have a clear, fair, written return policy. A return policy is the closest you're going to get to a guarantee in the used auto parts industry.

Used auto parts dealers buy salvage parts wholesale or at auction, inspect them, clean them up, and resell them to consumers for a profit. The good, honest ones believe in their ability to detect defects or dangerous wear, and back it up by giving you the confidence of a strong return policy. Generally, the good ones have a return policy and the shady ones don't.

Reviews


Before you buy anything from anyone - including a used parts dealer - you'll want to know their reputation first. Reputation is defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary as: "The estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally."

Until fairly recently, this meant relying on word of mouth, which at very best gave you a selective, incomplete picture. The Internet allows you to get a general, overall picture of how people feel about their dealings with virtually any business.

First, run the dealer's name through the Better Business Bureau, which will tell you if any complaints have been filed or if any action is pending against them. Second, take the time to Yelp the business. Some people are unreasonable. Some people are irrational. Some people are crazy or bitter or mean. But if more than, say, one in 10 people has something negative to say about their experience with the dealer, find another place to buy.

Avoid certain parts


Generally, avoid buying parts used if they wear out anyway by design. Alternators, starters, brake rotors, batteries, brake pads, brake shoes, water pumps, and fan belts have a shelf life. They wear out over time and should generally be purchased new. Tail lights, motor mounts, and other parts that don't accrue wear are a perfect chance to save a few bucks.
 

Utilize reputable used car part dealers to help ensure equipment reliability
Rely on your ability to identify a defective dealer, not a defective part
Generally, it's safe to buy many used car parts. Unless you're truly an expert, it is difficult to thoroughly identify defects in auto parts, which means you're relying on the integrity of the dealer. Shop for used auto part dealers as if your life depended on it - because it just might.



About the author: Andrew Lisa is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. He writes about Internet investigation and how to improve your online reputation.

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11 comments:

  1. Before buying a used auto part it may be a good idea to research the store's credibility first. Good tips on what to look up before purchasing from a particular used auto parts store.

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  2. Yeah, we all know that used car parts are bit cheaper than their new counterparts. However, in order to really save your money and make your purchase worthwhile, you should be careful and attentive. Search for online auto parts stores that are reliable and make your purchases only from them after clearing all your doubts.

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  3. Thanks for the information,

    Its true before you buy anything from anyone - including a used parts dealer - you'll want to know all about them. There has always been a market for used and unused auto parts. The above mentioned all tips will help you in finding the right auto part dealers for your future use. These days there are many online dealers available but to choose the best from those is the difficult. So try to collect all the information before going for the best. Every dealer should be clear with their dealing and returning policy. The site which will provide the corrective and true information should be considered. Australian's based online site http://www.prospeedracing.com.au/ is having the vast range of auto part products and also provides all the information that is best needed. The tips and information are just to avoid from making a bad decision.

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  4. Nice to know about your story,its really a useful thing to save cash and buy used auto parts.I am a mechanic by profession and also a dealer of the cars.I only purchase the used cars because they have a powerful engine and especially the old version cars and their prices are also low.Nice work done on the blog,its very interesting,I like it.

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  5. I couldn’t agree more! Investigating about used auto parts store before making any deal is really important. If the reputation of stores isn’t good enough you should avoid dealing with them. When I had to buy some used parts for my Nissan Altima I picked buyusedengine.com, as it’s the most reliable place to buy used parts in my knowledge. So if you’re thinking about buying used auto parts make sure the dealer is reputed and trustable.

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  6. Great tips to increase effort to save money, you can also attend auctions to buy a auto parts or visit a used parts dealer to purchase parts.Buy only those vehicles that are in a running condition. The investment is almost always well worth the money, effort and time. Many buyers purchase vehicles in poor but running condition for a good price, repair them and sell them for a profit.

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  7. This is an amazing post for car lovers.

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  8. I was 35 when my dad introduced me to Joliet U-Pull-It, I’ll be 42 soon and they're still my go-to salvage yard. I recently bought a car part from them and the process was so hassle free, not to mention the guys at the yard were so friendly and helpful. They’re an option for affordable car parts check their website http://jolietupullit.com/

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  9. Nice to know about your story,its really a useful thing to save cash and buy used auto parts.I am a mechanic by profession and also a dealer of the cars.I only purchase the used cars because they have a powerful engine and especially the old version cars and their prices are also low.Nice work done on the blog,its very interesting,I like it. The vin decoder for used auto parts.

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    1. Good for you Andy. How do you distinguish between an engine that has been well maintained and one that has been neglected? Used engines that have had regular oil changes are more likely to perform better and for longer.

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  10. Using used auto parts is a great way to save money that you can use for regular car maintenance. Nice post.

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