In most cases, being in the market for auto parts means you already need them – like, yesterday. Because oftentimes, if your vehicle isn’t moving, neither are you. And in today’s world, that just doesn’t cut it. So, what’s a vehicle owner to do? If the part you need is available, take a moment to jump for joy and then schedule a service. But, if the readily available part is used, don’t jump too hastily.
In a lot of situations, used car parts are fine, but in others, it's not. Anytime you choose to go with used, it’s wise to take a few things into consideration.
Know What You Need
Depending on the source, you might need a little extra verification that you’re getting the right part for the job and the right part for your vehicle. Used car parts can look similar to each other and typically come without their original packaging. If you can, bring the broken or malfunctioning part along with you on your search. This way, you can do a side-by-side comparison to ensure the part you purchase is the part you need.
Used Car Parts Come with Limitations
When you venture into the realm of used car parts, you put yourself in the position to save money, but there’s some risk associated with that benefit. Determine what’s important to you before moving forward.
Ending up with the wrong replacement part is all too easy with the sheer quantity of parts on the market. Before you buy, make sure you’ll be able to make an exchange if it ends up being the wrong part for the job.
Price & Quality
The lower price you pay for used car parts only provides value if the quality is still there. If the part’s quality is compromised, you might end up needing another repair before you had originally planned.
When You Should Choose New Over Used Car Parts
Choosing to go with used car parts means you’re purchasing something with someone else’s wear and tear. While it can be a cost-effective solution, that’s only the case if the repair is ultimately successful. When you consider whether or not to go with used, the general rule of thumb is this: parts that are prone to wear and tear are best purchased new. These parts include:
- Brake rotors
- Engine bearings
- Fuel lines
- Piston rings
While it may be tempting to purchase a used part, be sure you’re considering your safety, as well as the safety of those you share the road with. After all, when you go through the process of getting your vehicle repaired, you don’t want to end up needing the same repair again shortly.