A bargain is only a bargain if you get value out of it.
Running a car can be expensive. But many car owners make the mistake of buying cheap parts in an effort to save some cash.
Unfortunately, that’s the same as throwing money away. The trick when shopping cheap auto parts is to judge cost and quality at the same time.
Below, we’ll go through some ideas about how you can get the best parts for the price.
Put In The Research
First off, if you don’t put the research in, then you only have yourself to blame.
Research is how you avoid getting stung. By spending time researching the parts you need in advance, you can develop your own sense of telling good from bad. Without preparation, you’re at the mercy of the seller of the part.
Of course, the seller is looking to sell!
As you’ll probably be looking for a particular part, you don’t need to be an expert. You just need to put the time into learning about the part you need.
Use the internet as a resource. Look for trustworthy brands and trustworthy dealers – the real bargains include both of these things!
Use the Internet
The internet has made it easier than ever to get parts, especially the rarer ones. Sites like eBay and Amazon, as well as online traders, offer easy-to-browse replacement parts.
By approaching these sites smartly with an eye for a bargain, you can get cheap auto parts. Often the best way to find quality online is to check reviews. These will give you an idea of the store’s reputation for quality.
As always with cheap parts, you may have to strike a balance between cost and quality. But by paying attention to reviews, you can find the online stores that strike the best balance between the two.
Flex Your Haggling Muscles
When you finally find a good part, there’s nothing to say you’ll have to pay the list price for it.
Many retailers will be happy to haggle, especially if you’ve found a similar part elsewhere. If you’ve done your research and you’re reasonably sure the part isn’t sought-after, that might be all you need to wrestle the price down slightly.
Once again, research is the key here. You can’t expect to find a strong haggling position if you don’t have the advantage of knowledge. After all, a retailer is likely to know more about the part than you do if you haven’t put in the research.
Watch Out For Casual Sellers
This is something to consider when using sites like Craigslist, eBay, and Gumtree.
One-off sellers won’t often have any prior reputation to help you judge their quality. That means you’re taking a gamble every time you look for cheap car parts. Although it might be tempting to buy from a one-off seller with low prices, those low prices are much more likely to come at the expense of quality.
You’re also much less likely to have any kind of returns or refund policy to make use of if things go wrong.
One-off sellers in many cases are just trying to offload poor quality or non-working parts. You may not know about this until it’s too late. While you may get a bargain if you’re just trying to fix a car temporarily to sell it on, you should avoid them for anything more substantial.
As an eBay seller, Silverlake have to maintain very strict quality and returns levels. Our track record is evident for everyone to see. This give’s you a much better idea who you’re dealing with.
Understand the Value of the Part
What we’re talking about here isn’t just the part’s face price, but the way it’s used.
Pieces that are small, cheap, and easy to replace aren’t worth the hassle of finding the cheapest possible price. You’ll only be shaving pennies from the final cost, even if finding and fitting a replacement in the future will only take you a few minutes. The time investment put into shopping a bargain here just isn’t worth it.
But when it comes to more complex parts, you want something that will last. Larger and hard to fit items can cause all sorts of headaches when it comes to labour, and they’ll cost a bomb from the outset, too. So spend the extra time to shop a good replacement.
Be efficient! If time is money, then it pays to understand what the returns you’ll get for the time you’re investing in finding cheap auto parts.
Be Smart in the Scrapyard
The scrapyard can be a holy grail for anyone seeking cheap auto parts.
But you still need to shop smart to get the best deal. Only visit the scrapyard after doing your research. At the very least, this will help steer you in the right direction. Scrapyards tend to have a layout that puts the parts with high demand in the front, with the less common parts at the back.
Once you’ve narrowed down where you might find the parts, you can look for the best deal. The scrapyard may have several examples of the same part, so don’t stop at the first one you see. You’re looking for the best of the bunch, so keep hunting until you find it.
If you visit several scrap yards and find the part elsewhere, don’t be afraid to try for a bargain. By deploying the haggling skills we mentioned above, you may be able to shave some extra pounds from the cost.
Go to a scrapyard prepared. Some will offer full service, but at others, you’ll be expected to retrieve the part yourself. You’ll likely pay more for full service, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping for a deal.
Cheap Auto Parts Pay for Themselves
Of course, finding cheap auto parts that last means you’re saving double the money. Not only do you get the initial bargain, but you don’t have to put the additional time and energy into finding a replacement when it breaks down soon after purchase! So keep these tips in mind, and you can double the mileage you get for your money.
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