Some of the recent studies and research documents have alluded to the rapid change occurring in automobile technologies and how the specific use of certain alloys would allow car parts to sustain for a much longer period of time as also enable them to get rejuvenated quite easily and without the need to replace any part. While these are pretty encouraging in itself, the fact remains that every time we use our car, some part or the other does undergo wear and tear and with passing time would require replacement having outlived their utility.
So what are the options when faced with such a scenario? You can contact the car maker and request for a new part or purchase it from one of the many used car dealers who also stock spare parts. The task is an irritating one and something nobody wants to do. People would rather spend money on enhancing certain aspects of their car than spending the same on old or second hand parts, but it is something that cannot be avoided.
While new parts from the car maker are the ideal substitutes considering they come with warranty and certification of quality, two things stand in the way. The first is the high cost of such spares and not everybody would be able to afford them. The second is the non availability of the part even with the car maker and that is when the consumer faces a serious problem.
Surveys of consumer behaviour have indicated that eighty per cent of them prefer buying second hand car parts from dealers and salvage yards and one would imagine that they are even willing to take the risk of being saddled with a spurious part. The truth however is refreshingly different.
The auto industry has always had a pretty buoyant used parts business running parallel to it and with the advent of the internet, things have become better and transparent. Consumers can now access a car parts catalogue in order to find out whether a particular part is available and then place an order online without having to move from his or her house. Many used auto-parts sellers maintain well stocked warehouses and the inventory list is easily available to the seeker online. These sellers offer technical help and also deliver the required part at the customer’s house.
Some of them are even promoting the use of such parts over the new OEM ones given the fact that they are willing to vouch for the quality and durability of the parts sold by them. Many of the parts stocked by them are not necessarily very old and that is the reason they are able to extend such warranties. They also stock parts that have been well tested by the original makers and as long as you purchase them from a reputed used auto-parts seller, there is no real danger of getting a spurious part.