In the present economy, wise consumers are more than ever concerned about saving money. And when it comes to auto repair expenses, a great way to save money is to buy used car parts from a salvage auto yard. These places take in old or unusable cars, they dissect them to see if some of the components are still usable and then they fix and clean the parts for resale. Used auto parts may be old and a bit worn, but they will still serve well for most cars.
When you are considering whether or not to repair your old car or buy a new one, think about the many benefits of buying used auto parts. Besides saving lots of money, there is also the fact that you can purchase a warranty on used parts. The professionals at a good auto salvage yard have the parts you need readily available and they will help you to make sure that you buy the right part for the make, model, and year of your car. Hard-to-find parts are frequently available at auto salvage yards and the good ones, will find a part for you if they don’t have it in stock. And the beauty is that auto salvage yards sell spare parts at very, very low prices, since the parts would otherwise have been trashed. Also, auto salvage professionals are very knowledgeable about cars and parts, so they can tell you a lot about the proper installation of the part.
Here are some tips to help you buy the used auto salvage parts which you need. In the first place, you should know what you need. Make sure that you know exactly what it is you want to buy. If possible, bring the old part in with you for comparison. It is a good idea to take with you the Engine Prefix of your car, which indicates what type of engine you have. The Engine Prefix is usually found before the engine number, or else cast into the side of the engine block. It is also a good idea to have the frame or chassis number of your car, which helps in identifying exactly which model car you have (since manufacturers sometimes change a car in the middle of a model year). The third thing to bring is the vehicle identification number or VIN# which can be found in your dash. Auto parts that don’t wear out, such as tail lights or motor mounts, can be bought used at low cost.
Reputable salvage yard professionals will never sell you a questionable part, and they will take a part back if it doesn’t work properly. When you are at the yard, don’t be afraid to ask questions, auto salvage yard professionals deal with amateur mechanics all the time. Besides, they will respect you for doing the repair job yourself. Ask if the automotive used parts you are buying are returnable, since sometimes you wind up with the wrong part no matter how carefully you have planned it. Be sure that the auto salvage yard will exchange it for the correct part in case this happens.