Over the years, I learned another little handy trick that seems to help when it comes to saving money on parts for my car. You know all of those old “buy here, pay here” car lots? Well, if you run into one that is locally owned, you may get a little deal on any spare parts that they have laying around. Many times, these spare parts are just lying around and cannot be used for anything in the lot. The owners of these little side car dealerships love to make a fast buck and are often more than willing to part with a few vehicle parts to make some fast cash.
In most cases, the part you need will come with a short-term warranty. However, it is a better idea to find out if the company offers a return policy. What if you get the part, get home, and then find out you bought the wrong thing? Most companies offer some type of exchange policy and that can make all of the difference. Know what you are buying and what type of guarantee or warranty you are getting when you do so.
They are not only difficult to find but can be quite a burden on your pocket. For lesser concerns and dilemma try and take the commendations of the best shops out there and the warranties as well.
You can also be confident that the body repair tools you purchase will also fit perfectly on your car first time and every time. Spurious parts are known to have issues with fitment as they are only replicas of the original parts and everybody knows a copy is never as good as the original. So the question is why compromise?
This is one of the most ridiculous but common scams I’ve heard off. Basically the dealer offers to window etch your VIN number in the window of your car for you, at a price ranging from $300 to $1000. Some people have tried to talk down the price, and they often succeed, but the dealer still makes a few hundreds off you. The easiest way to solve this problem? Just purchase a do it yourself window etching kit at any decent auto parts store. It only costs $20.
Lastly, before you decide on a repair shop, consider the reviews that the shop have received. Look online and do a search for reviews of a particular shop. You are bound to find something and if the reviews are good, you know you’ve made a good choice. If they are bad, you saved yourself from a car repair nightmare. Also check with your local BBB to see if there have been any complaints.
While a new car means new car parts and auto parts; there is almost nothing a little auto job can not fix. Cars are meant to take quite some heat from their owners. They are strongly built machines that can endure more than we think. They usually have a pretty long life span before you can finally call it quits. Even when vehicle accidents happen (providing it is not a horrible one), majority of the time, the cars are fine. A little fixing up inside and out goes a long way.
Reliably rebuilt…or not. You can find bargain priced starters if you decide to purchase one that has been rebuilt. True, the quality may be suspect, but the price cannot be beat…except at a junk yard. Remember: you get what you pay for!
There are many things that auto clubs offer their members. Some may find that when their children become of age to learn to drive, the auto club will give them the opportunity to take driving lessons. For mom and dad, there are such services as breakdown service and even legal advice. It is definitely a handy thing to have because you never know when you will need it.