Buying Auto Parts Can get expensive and it may be tempting to buy used auto parts. According to Auto Parts experts some auto parts are ok to buy used, but in many cases only new auto parts are advisable. Used auto parts can be a lifesaver, but you have to be careful when shopping for used Auto Parts. Follow these basic guidelines before making your decision.
Know What You Need – If it is possible, it is best to bring the used part with you to the Auto Parts supplier, but if that is not possible, take a picture and be certain to include as many details about the part you are looking for. Include the year/make/model of your vehicle. As well as the symptoms of the original problem that suggests you need to replace a part.
Ask Questions – Don’t be shy about asking questions. Ask where the part came from, how long they have had it in the shop or yard? Ask how long the supplier has been in business and if they belong to any associations or could provide references.
Only Buy Parts that are Returnable - No matter how many questions you ask or how careful you have chosen your auto part, be certain that the auto parts store allows for returns and exchanges.
Make Sure the Buying Used is Right – Not all parts should be purchased used and while a reputable auto parts dealer would never sell you these parts, it is always best to be armed with knowledge before buying a part.
We have put together a quick reference of parts that CAN be purchased used and parts that should NEVER be purchased used. While the list is not comprehensive
OK to Buy Used
carburetors (to rebuild) cigarette lighter coolant reservoir
cooling fan, belt driven door lock actuators exhaust heat shield
exhaust manifold exhaust pipes fuel tank
gas cap grills hub caps
intake manifold interior trim jack
lug nuts oil pan power window motor
pulleys rear view mirrors seats
steering wheel stereo system sunroof motor
tail lights throttle body tie rods
turn signal lenses vacuum lines vacuum reservoir
valve cover wheels window glass
windows windshield washer pump wiper arm
NEVER Buy Used
battery bearings brake discs/rotors
brake light switch brake pads rake shoes
catalytic converter clutch disc cooling fan switch
cylinder sleeves distributor caps engine bearings
fuel lines fuses gaskets
head studs headlights ignition coil
ignition condenser ignition points MAF
muffler muffler hangers oil filter
oil pressure switches sensors piston rings radiator hoses
rotor shifter bushings shock absorbers
spark plug wires spark plugs strut bearings
strut inserts thermostat timing belt
timing chain tires valves
voltage regulator water pump wheel bearings
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