Whatever the make and performance of a vehicle, sooner or later, it will be important to go to a parts distributor to replace a faulty mechanic.
Whether it’s because of the age of your vehicle or the state of your finances, it is highly likely that you may consider purchasing used parts.
Know the exact model of the vehicle
Although you may not think about it at first, you need to find out if the model of vehicle from which the part is going to come off is exactly right for your vehicle or not. If it’s not exactly the same model, you may have difficulty getting the used auto part to fit the design of your car.
Check if the part works for your car
Acquiring a second hand part can have a great risk: its proper functioning. You should therefore try to check that the purchased part actually works. This way, you will not only get the right part for your vehicle, but you will also know that it will work properly. If you can’t get such a check at the time of purchase, then you will have to check if there is some kind of warranty to help you get your money back in case of problems.
As a rule of thumb, when you buy a used part, the cost is much lower than a new option.
Why buy used car parts?
There are two main reasons for buying used parts: price and the environment.
Used parts have a big advantage over new parts, they are less expensive. In fact, there are reductions of 40% to 70% in the price of used parts compared to the price of new parts. Over the last ten years the price of new parts has increased by 40%, so used parts can significantly lower the bill. Moreover, and this is a second real advantage of reused parts, it is ecological since the circular economy (this is the name of this way of consuming second-hand products) valorises parts that work and can be reused without any worries, to the detriment of new products, which consume more and more raw materials.
Buying second-hand parts nowadays involves a minimum risk and makes it possible to make considerable savings, so why deprive yourself of them?