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Identifying Used Auto Parts with the Proper Model Year
When purchasing used parts for your vehicle, there are plenty of things you need to consider. However, one of the most important (yet neglected) is the model year of the part you need to replace. Most car owners know that vehicles change slightly each year. But what they don’t usually realize is that the parts inside the cars can change subtly (or significantly) as well. So how can you be sure you are buying the right used car parts? Here is a quick guide to figuring it out:
- When in doubt, do a visual inspection. While there is no denying that many small parts are intricate and difficult to study with any certainty, the first thing you should do is eyeball any used part. If the parts look the same or similar, it’s worth moving forward and checking everything else on this list. If there is a large visual discrepancy, you’ve probably got a different part.
- Check the serial number, part number, or other registration number on the part you are buying used. Almost every part in almost any vehicle will have some type of ID number. If you want to get the right part, make sure the part you are purchasing is the same as the original.
- If you are unsure about similar parts, don’t hesitate to ask a professional. Whether you ask someone at the salvage yard you are pulling parts from or you speak to a mechanic at your local auto shop, any automotive expert will be able to help you find the right part for you model and year of vehicle.
It’s not too difficult to identify the right part for your vehicle, but it is incredibly important to do so. The next time you buy a used part make sure you know for sure that it’s the same model year as the one you are replacing.