Tips on Buying Recycled Car Parts
- January 7, 2019
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If you are not used to shopping for car parts, buying recycled car parts can feel overwhelming. We’ve put together our tops tips on what to be aware of and what to look for when sourcing recycled car parts yourself.
Buy from a reliable source
With Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and EBay, it can be easy to find the parts you’ve been told you need to source. However, they are not always as they seem and there are counterfeits on the market. Make sure you are buying parts from a reputable organisation that can offer you confidence in a timely delivery, the quality of the parts that you are buying and a warranty. If you can find an NSF accredited supplier, even better. When purchasing from a auto recycler an NSF certification, you know you are receiving high quality recycled parts and service.
Know what you need
Make sure that you know what part you are after and what it is called. If you are unsure, get your mechanic or smash repairer to write down the specifications of what you need, including the correct paint colour, etc. You want to make sure you get the right part the first time.
Have the information ready
To purchase any parts for your car, you will need to have your VIN number ready to quote to the seller. Not all parts are compatible with all car makes. To ensure you purchase the right parts for your car, know your VIN number for the seller to check compatibility.
Ask for a Warranty
For all recycled car parts from reputable sellers, you should receive a warranty or have the option to purchase one. Be sure to read the fine print and understand what is included in the warranty conditions.
Check the return policy
It is great to be able to confidently source and purchase parts for your car. However, it is always good to know that if on the occasion the part is not correct or you no longer need that particular part, you can return it. Most reputable sellers will have a returns policy in place for any exchanges or change in circumstances.
Avoid Car Dealerships
There is nothing wrong with purchasing from car dealerships, however they are generally significantly more expensive. If you are trying to source parts we recommend looking at recycled options as well as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) parts through distributors.
Sourcing recycled car parts is not only cost effective it is great for the environment. By following our simple tips, we hope you are able to find the parts you need with confidence. But if in doubt, always go with your gut!