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Some Tips for Finding and Buying Auto Parts Online

By Raymond Ezilon.com articles Published 10/14/2008 | Auto and Trucks

Even though you may know about all kinds of auction sites, there are many other online sources for car parts.  Among other things, you can find a number of wholesale and retail outlets that will ship items to you.  Typically, these stores will sell new, as well as refurbished items.  You should be able to obtain a warranty for these items, as well as be reasonably assured of their suitability for your needs. 

While it may take some research to find them, you may also be able to save a good bit of money by searching for used parts.  That said, before you buy these parts, you will still need to do what you can to make sure the parts will be of use to you.  Among other things, you will want to make sure that the parts were not damaged in a collision. Unfortunately, it may not be possible to assess this unless you examine the parts in person.

To begin, you can find all kinds of auto parts in junk and salvage yards.  Today, insurance carriers routinely appraise cars as a “total loss” in order to avoid paying mechanic fees.  At the same time, many of the parts found in these cars are perfectly good. As an example, you may find brand new tires, as well as alternators, steering pumps, windshields, and other parts that are in good condition.  Considering the number of collisions that happen on a daily basis, you should be able to locate salvage parts for your own vehicle.

Even though your local junk yard may not have the parts that you are looking for, others might.  In some cases, you may be able to locate these junk yards via online city guides.  On the other hand, you can also search the yellow pages for just about any area of the United States.  In some cases, these listings may also come with web sites as well as phone numbers.

If you cannot locate parts through a junk yard, you may also want to search online classified ads.  Among other things, you may be able to find someone that is willing to sell parts from a car that they have on hand.  In particular, you may want to sign up for Freecycle, and other sites that are dedicated to recycling all kinds of items for free.

In today's economy, it is very possible that automobile parts are beyond your budgetary means.  That said, even if you have a fairly new car, you may be able to find used parts in a junk yard.   In many cases, you will be able to find contact information for these resources on the internet.  While it may take some research to locate them, at least you will be able to save some money.