If you’re performing your repairs on your vehicle, buying used parts can help you save a lot of money. But if you’ve never bought parts from a Florida used car parts salvage yard before, it’s challenging to know the right way to go about it. Purchasing used parts blindly can leave you with low-quality parts that will break down quickly and leave you with more repairs. But when you know what you’re doing, you can get quality parts that will last a long time—and for a low price. Keep reading to get tips on buying used car parts the right way.
Know What to Buy New
First off, it’s essential to understand that not all car parts should be bought used. There are certain parts that you should never buy second hand—namely, those that tend to wear down quickly. This includes components like brake pads and rotors, starters, belts, and spark plugs. Because they tend to have short lifespans, buying one of these parts pre-used isn’t worth the trouble. You’re going to need to replace it very soon, and it could compromise your vehicle’s safety and performance in the meantime.
If the part you’re looking for wasn’t made to last for more than a year or two, it’s probably better to buy it new rather than to take risks to save a few bucks.
Know Exactly What You Need
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s talk about actually pulling and buying used car parts from a salvage yard. Before you go in, you must know the exact part you’re looking for—not just the general part name, but the model for that part. For example, going into a salvage yard to find a side-view mirror isn’t enough; you need to know whether you need a manual or motorized mirror, the make and model of your car, and the makes and models of any vehicles whose side-view mirrors are compatible with yours.
This last bit does mean you’ll need to do a bit of research. While it’s best to find a scrap vehicle of the same make and model as your car, this isn’t always possible. So, make sure you know what other cars you could pull that part from and still have it work properly. It’s also a good idea to bring the part you’re replacing to the yard with you to compare the two parts.
Look Beyond Cosmetic Issues
While cosmetic damage is something to consider (especially if you’re buying exterior car parts that you want to look nice), it’s far more important than the structure and functionality of the part intact. Scratches can be buffed out, and dirt can be cleaned off, but rust and corrosion are a sign of more severe issues with the part. Spotting damage beyond the cosmetic can be difficult if you’re new to this, so enlist the aid of a more experienced friend if needed.
Practice Good Manners
Finally, make sure you practice good manners when pulling parts in any salvage yard. Please familiarize yourself with the yard’s rules before you show up and follow them exactly. Dress appropriately, bring your tools, and check-in any parts that you’re bringing in with you. If you pull a part off a vehicle but decide you don’t need it, put it back in the car you removed it from. You don’t have to reinstall it. Make sure it’s with the right vehicle. While this might not help you with finding the part you need, it will help someone else, and it will ensure you’re welcomed back at the salvage yard next time.
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