Need a part for your car to get back on the road again? Here are a few important things to keep in mind if you're planning to buy used:
One of the most important things to think about when choosing used parts for your car is whether or not it has been refurbished. If the part has been refurbished and tested, you can expect it to work as if it were new. If it hasn't been refurbished, then there may be some minor performance issues to expect depending on what its specific condition is. You may find that refurbished parts are more expensive than those that haven't been returned to their original condition, so you'll need to consider the age and previous condition of any refurbished parts before deciding if they're worth the extra cost.
It's worth comparing two similar parts – one that's been refurbished and one that hasn't – to determine which investment will save you the most money in the long run. If a refurbished part is five years old and had serious problems before, you may be better off buying the basic used part that is only a year old and hasn't shown major signs of wear and tear yet.
It's also a good idea to consider your warranty options before deciding which used auto part to purchase your vehicle. If a part doesn't come with a warranty, you'll need to accurately gauge how long it will last before a repair or replacement needs to be made which can be tough if not impossible. If a part does come with warranty options, you can protect your investment and ensure that future repairs won't have to be paid for out of pocket. If warranty options are available, make sure that the cost of the policies don't exceed the average cost of one repair for the part you're buying.
Return policies are often overlooked when buying auto parts because it's assumed that if the part numbers match, the parts will work once installed. But if you're buying aftermarket auto parts that weren't made by the manufacturer who made your vehicle, there is a chance that they won't work properly after installation. And there is always is a small risk of malfunction when buying used auto parts, so you need to be able to return them if they don't work even if they've been installed in your car and taken out again. Read the fine print and make sure you understand the specific return policies of any used auto part you decide to invest your hard-earned money in.
Talk to a company like Southwest Auto Salvage for more information.