Buying used car parts is a cheap alternative to buying parts from a dealer. However, when buying parts that you’re going to reuse for another car, there are some things you should consider before doing so. Read on to find out more.
The last thing you want when visiting a scrap yard is to not be 100% sure what you need. You could end up spending hours and hours sifting through the inventory and end up with something not quite right. With that in mind, it’s always worth knowing exactly what you need, right down to the registration number of the car you’re using the part for. It’s a good idea to bring the old part with you so you can match it exactly.
Before buying anything, it’s imperative to know exactly where it’s been. If a part has been in a major accident, then it might not be worth the purchase and might only be in working order for a few further miles. It’s important to find out the age of the part, the mileage and if it’s being sold as used or repaired. If it’s been repaired, double check how damaged it was before the repair.
If the part you’re looking for is an external piece, then it’s especially important to look for an accurate match. Otherwise, you might end up spending more money on painting the used part. If there is no way of finding a matching colour, then you might have to settle for something different, but it’s definitely worth spending a bit more time whilst you’re there on the search.
If you’re in the Birmingham area and looking for spare car parts, look no further than Birmingham Autobreak Recycling. We also offer a free collection service so, if you’re looking to recycle a car, there’s little else you need to worry about. To find out more, contact us. We’re located at 3-5 William, Henry Street, Birmingham, B7 5ER