How And Where To Find Used Auto Parts
Parts whose condition is easy to judge based on a visual inspection can be a good bet to purchase used. So can parts that require very little labor to install.
Here are some examples of parts that may save you money if you can locate good ones used
Just because someone is selling a used part that you need doesn’t mean that you should buy it used. Some parts should only be original equipment, or top quality and purchased new.
Parts that are critical for safety such as brakes, steering, and airbag components fall into this category. Additionally, some parts simply take too much labor to install to risk improper operation or short useful life. Use only new parts for these applications as well.
Some parts are maintenance items, not as expensive, and will need replacing as they wear out. It does not make good sense mechanically nor financially to install used spark plugs, belts, filters, or wiper blades.
These are some examples of parts that are better sourced new rather than used, due to safety or reliability concerns:
- Brake parts like pads, calipers, master cylinders
- ABS Units
- Rack And Pinions
- Axle shafts
- Fuel Pumps
- A/C compressors and receiver driers
- Water pumps
- Cooling system hoses
- Spark plugs
Some used parts require an even more skillful appraisal before purchase, and may still need some level of reconditioning before installation and use:
- Cylinder heads
- Internal engine parts
- Fuel injectors
Obtaining and installing a used engine for your vehicle is a risky proposition if the vehicle is to be your daily driver. For a project car or hobby it may be just the ticket!
- Note: A catalytic convertor is a component that legally may not be sold used due to federal emissions laws.
If you’ve read this far, you are already doing the kind of homework that can pay off when hunting for used auto parts. The goal is to save substantial amounts of money without taking on too much additional risk. Where you find your own comfort level in this equation is a personal thing. However, If you find yourself in a bind, you can always reach out to YourMechanic – we’ll be glad to send a certified mechanic out to your home or workplace to replace any part, from the battery cables to the windshield wiper switch.
When you are ready to find used auto parts for your car, truck, or SUV simply go and visit the website provided in used auto parts. From there, you need to input your vehicle year, make, model, and the part you are looking for. You also will need to input contact information, and your zip code. Immediately after submission, your information is matched up with thousands of junkyards near you in the United States, or Junkyards and salvage yards with vehicles in their inventory who stock the same year, make, model vehicle as on your parts request.
You will be given a quick call or email, explaining the condition, pictures, and pricing of the part. They will also give you a price for pickup and a price for shipment to your home, work, or mechanic of choice.