Nick's Auto Blog

Hello, my name is Nick. This is my new auto blog. Have you ever wondered about how you can improve the look and functioning of your auto? If so you are in the right place. I live in a large house in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and my house has as many garage parking spots as it does rooms. And believe me, it has a lot of rooms. I like to collect classic cars and then work on them to restore them to their former glory. In doing this, I have learnt lots of cool tricks. I would like to share some of these tricks with you here.

How to Make Sure You're Buying the Correct Used Parts & Getting a Good Deal

Automotive Blog

If you have finally had enough of paying full retail cost for your car parts as a dealership, then you may be thinking about buying used components at a wrecker's yard. Yet you may have no experience of doing this. What do you need to know, to make sure you're getting a good deal?

Research Online First

Firstly, do some research online. You should be able to find a database of used car parts, to give you an idea of the street price for the components in question. Of equal or greater value is eBay, which is probably the largest online source of auto-parts anywhere. All you're looking for here is a ballpark figure, so you know what you should be expecting to pay. Make sure that you are comparing apples with apples, however and that the prices you're looking at are valid in your country or market.

Ask in Online Forums

Another good source of intelligence is a specialist online forum. Your part in question may be somewhat rare or difficult to locate, or you could be a little confused about the process involved. For example, if you replace one particular part, will you automatically have to replace a part that appears to rely on it, in order to function?

Do a quick search to find an online forum that is specific to the make and model of car that you have. You'll be amazed how many of these enthusiast forums there are. After a quick registration and introduction, ask for help and advice in your situation.

Check at the Dealership

When you have an idea of the cost of your parts in a private sale, check with the dealership to see what you are actually saving. This should give you a sense of accomplishment at the least. However, you'll also be able to get some valuable information such as individual model compatibility, and even a part number to double check against the part that you eventually procure, for validity.

Buy with Confidence

Once you have determined the exact specification of the part that you want, are aware of the full retail price and know exactly what you need to do when you find it, it's time to pay a visit to the auto wrecker's yard like Eagle Wrecking. You'll be able to give all the correct information to the person behind the desk and be confident that you are getting the part at a good price and within your budget.


27 March 2015