A Savvy Driver’s Handbook: Shopping For Quality Used Car Parts


Used car parts are a fantastic way to save money, but only if they’re going to last and be the right fit for your vehicle. If you need any parts for your car, it’s important to make sure you’re only purchasing quality parts and that you’ve found what will work for it. Use the following information to make sure you know how to find the right used parts for any repair needed on your vehicle. 

Know What You Need

Before shopping for used car parts, take inventory of all the parts you might need to complete the repair. Make sure you have a list and that you know the make, model, and year to look for so that you can find parts that will work well in your vehicle. As manufacturers will change parts from year to year, even a year difference may mean a part isn’t compatible or that you’ll need something else to get the part to work. 

Check to See What’s Compatible

Some parts that aren’t made for a specific vehicle can still work with it, but you’ll need to make sure they’re compatible before you purchase them. It is possible to look up parts using the VIN for your vehicle, as well as to check compatibility charts to see what will work with the vehicle and what won’t work. Take the time to check compatibility charts before making any purchase so you don’t end up buying something you can’t use. 

Look at the Quality of the Parts

Always thoroughly inspect the parts before purchasing them. Look for any signs of rust, excess wear and tear, damage, and other potential issues. If you see anything wrong with the part, it may not be worth buying it and you may want to look for something else that’s compatible with your vehicle. Cosmetic issues likely won’t be a problem, but make sure they are actually just cosmetic before purchasing the part. 

Ask About the Mileage and Age

Ask the seller about the mileage and age of the parts you may want to purchase. If the parts are too old or were used for a long time on the vehicle, they might not have much life left in them. Parts with larger mileage may still be an option if you need a temporary part, but if you’re looking for something more permanent, you’ll want to look for used parts with low mileage on them. 

See If It’s Possible to Test the Parts

If possible, test the part before purchasing it. If it’s not possible to test it on-site, ask about the seller’s return policy. Make sure you test the part before the return period has ended just in case it doesn’t work as expected. While testing the part, make sure everything works and check again to ensure it will work in your vehicle.

Fixing a car can be incredibly expensive, depending on what needs to be done, but there are ways to save money. Purchasing used parts can be an excellent option, but it is important to make sure you purchase parts that will work properly and that are compatible with your vehicle. Use the tips here the next time you’re shopping for used car parts to make sure you get an excellent deal and that you’re able to fix the vehicle and keep it running.