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Shopping for Auto Parts

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/30/2007 | Auto and Trucks
You may need auto parts now or in the future to replace your own automobiles defective parts.  You may also need to stock up on auto parts if you run a car repair shop or a car sales company/car dealership.  In the latter case, especially, having various auto parts available can only mean great after sales service for the people who trusted you enough to buy their cars from you.  Rest assured that if you provide such great service, your satisfied consumers will come back when they find themselves needing to buy another car or to trade their old car for a newer model.

Imported and Local Auto Parts

The ease or difficulty of finding auto parts for your car or for your customers automobiles will mainly depend on the year, model and make of the car.  Generally, it is much harder to find auto parts for imported cars than for locally manufactured cars.  For imported cars, the auto parts that you need may only be available from the shop where you purchased the car or from your car supplier.  Generally, car parts for imported automobiles will not be available in your local/neighborhood auto parts shops.  However, you do have the option of taking your auto parts search online where you can get in touch with auto parts suppliers and distributors from other cities, other states and even other countries.

Things to Remember when Shopping for Auto Parts

When it comes to auto parts, your best bet for finding quality equipment is by contacting the automobile manufacturer itself.  Of course, this may be more practical for those who own auto dealerships as ordering auto parts directly from the automobile manufacturers may mean a minimum volume order.  However, end consumers can still try and directly contact the manufacturer for a part if they want.  If this is not possible, car owners must first approach their own car dealer.

On the other hand, you can also buy auto parts from original equipment manufacturers or suppliers.  Such companies are actually the main source of auto parts auto manufacturers actually buy the parts from such companies and use the parts for their own car assemblies.  However, you will have difficulty procuring auto parts for newer models direct from original equipment manufacturers.  They usually have an exclusive agreement with the auto manufacturers they make the parts for.  In such agreements, they are prohibited from making the original auto parts available to auto parts suppliers for a few years.

On thing you shouldnt do, however, is to buy inferior auto parts from obscure manufacturers.  Beware of copycat auto parts.