Where can I buy the cheapest car spares?
No car can go without repair for ever. If you want to keep costs down having a reliable source of supply of spare parts, at the right prices, is vital; so where do you find them?
The best places to find your spares depends a lot upon how rare your car is, and how old it is. For the majority of fairly modern cars original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may be able to supply you at a reasonable price. These will probably not be the cheapest source but at least they should fit okay and the quality should be dependable.
Many spare parts are generic ones which are used by different car manufacturers for different models so very often a part which is specified for a different car may still fit yours exactly.
There are some first class sources of car parts online so why not check some of these now.
Aftermarket sources can provide good quality parts at a prices which are usually substantially lower than those the OEMs charge. This is particularly true for regularly used spares such as oil filters, disc pads, and suspension units.
Many of these parts are virtually identical to those specified by the manufacturers and they could save you a lot of money but be careful that you are not breaking any guarantee conditions by using them.
If you have a really rare car it may be necessary to have parts specially made for you as one-offs. This is not something you should arrange without a great deal of thought. Many car spares have to be manufactured to very tight tolerances. They may be subjected to stresses which require them to be made from particularly tough material. Your manufacturer has to be well equipped with some very sophisticated machine tools - and all this costs money.
In the end you may not have any choice anyway. Your main task then is to find a company that is capable of manufacturing your part without bankrupting you. Recommendations from friends or other reliable sources are the best way of finding these companies but otherwise there are plenty of them available online - but make sure you check their reviews before placing a firm order.
Second hand parts
If all else fails, or money is tight, the local scrap merchant may be a useful person to get to know. There are also many vehicle dismantlers that you can contact online and some of them carry extensive stocks. Quality always has to be a consideration though when dealing with second-hand spares and it is important to deal only with reputable suppliers.
Bear in mind that some parts which have particularly limited lives should not be bought second-hand since the time and effort of sourcing them and fitting them, when they may not last very long, could be a poor economy.
Spares, either new, aftermarket or used are commonly available for the following models:
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