By Ben Silver - July 19, 2017
Finding the used auto part that you need with the right warranty can be challenging. There are a number of factors and variables that affect the availability of the part you’re looking for and how long and how inclusive the warranty may be. The focus of this blog will be on what warranty you should expect from a used auto parts dealer or salvage yard. I would say that this article is based off of my extensive experience dealing with auto salvage yards in the Denver area, but this information could probably be applied nation wide.
One of the key factors with what type of warranty you should expect on a used auto part, is which type of auto part you are purchasing. We’ll break this down by category and go over the nuts and bolts of each auto part group.
This group includes most of the auto parts that have moving components and mechanical function that are not electric. These parts would include the engine, transmission, front or rear axle assembly, transfer case, differential, etc.
The warranty you get or purchase on these parts requires the most consideration, as they are the most likely to have some sort of failure. They have moving parts and wear parts that can eventually cause trouble or need replacement, which might be why you’re in the market in the first place. I believe you should accept nothing short of a 90 Day Warranty on these parts. This is the industry standard and will give that part enough road time on your vehicle to know that everything is in proper operation. Some automotive recyclers will offer extended warranties for up to 1-3 years. This can certainly be considered if you’d like to insure a major purchase like and engine or transmission for a longer period of time. Some factors may be how long you hope to driver the vehicle, how many miles are on the vehicle and the replacement part, etc. Many recyclers will also offer a Labor Warranty. A labor warranty on a used part can be a great value, should there be an issue with the replacement part. Given the high cost of labor to replace an engine, transmission, or other major component, it may make sense to purchase a labor warranty with your product. Labor warranties are basically an insurance plan that covers or helps to cover the cost of labor in event of a defect. This type of coverage is not standard in the used auto parts business, but may be offered by certain recyclers.
This group of parts would include the radio, starter, alternator, window switches, and other electric automotive parts. Some recyclers refuse to warranty these products because of the finicky nature of auto electric and a fear that the part will just be used for diagnostic purposes. I personally don’t think consumers should stand for this. In used auto parts, there is always the possibility that there is an issue with the part. This risk should be mitigated by the used parts dealer in the way of a warranty. Some recyclers will offer a 30 Day Warranty on everything, including electrical components, which is fine because you still have the opportunity to install and test the product. Personally, I think a Standard 90 Day Warranty on electrical auto parts makes the most sense and covers the consumer appropriately. This is certainly something to be aware of if you have a Hybrid vehicle and are doing major electrical repair, replacing the hybrid battery or the inverter/converter. These parts can be very pricey and a solid warranty should be part of the purchase.
Body and Suspension Parts
These are the rugged warriors of the vehicle. Generally speaking, these products are only damaged in a collision, although some suspension parts can have components that will wear out over time. The warranty isn’t quite as pressing with these products, as they are not as likely to fail after a number of months or miles put on the vehicle. At Central Auto Parts, we still put a 90 Day Standard Warranty on these products to allow our customers some time and flexibility should there be an issue with one of these parts types.
As you can see, we feel like a Standard 90 Day Warranty on the part is sufficient to cover most used auto parts. But, consumers should consider making the investment in an extended warranty or labor warranty when purchasing a more expensive product. Each scenario is a little different and all the variables need to weighed to be fitted with the appropriate warranty for your vehicle and case. Our friendly and professional sales team can help you figure that out when the time comes. Until then, drive safe and enjoy the rest of the summer.
By Ben Silver - June 21, 2017
Summer is beautiful in Colorado but we can get some very, very, hot daytime temps. I wanted to give some basic tips on caring your car, truck, or SUV and the used auto parts that make it up. In Colorado and Denver, the heat of the summer is great for BBQ's but tough on engines and transmissions. So let's start with the cooling system. Obviously, summer is the prime season for engines to overheat. We need to avoid this from happening because overheating an engine can lead to a catastrophic failure of the engine. When an engine overheats, critical seals get damaged, fail, and allow for coolant to mix in with the oil. Ultimately, your engine doesn't have much of a chance with this mix going on. Make sure to have the cooling system checked, and at the very least top off the coolant. You might consider flushing and refilling the coolant if this maintenance procedure hasn't been completed on your car in a while. This is a great season to check out your engine air filter as well. Summer can be so hot and dry, you add some wind to that weather mix, and you can expect to have a significant amount of dust in the air. Check and clean your filters, you might be surprised how much dirt and dust can get caked on to them and reduce your car or trucks performance. Should you find an issue with the air cleaner box or other part under the hood, give us a call and we'll get you the correct used auto part in no time. Obviously you want to check your air conditioning system at the beginning of the hot season. Generally, if it's a little sluggish, it just needs to have the freon recharged to have it blasting cool air throughout your car. Sometimes the A/C Compressor will begin to fail, and guess who has plenty of quality used A/C Compressors stocked and ready to sell? You got it! Central Auto Parts has tons of compressors for all makes and models of cars, trucks, vans, and SUV's.
Well those are your main seasonal checks to keep your hot-rod, well, not so hot this summer. It's always a good idea to check tires in a change of season, do an oil change if your vehicle is due for one, and make sure your brakes and brake components are in good shape. Enjoy the BBQ's, warm weather, and all the great outdoor activities in Colorado this summer. And if you need an auto part, call Denver's Leader in Recycled Auto Parts to help you out today!
By Ben Silver - June 14, 2017
By Ben Silver - March 29, 2017
New Auto Parts Options
Central Auto Parts has been a quality provider of used automotive parts in the Denver Metro Area for nearly 40 years. Over this period of time, so much has happened and changed in the world of used and new auto parts. These developments and changes in the markets for used auto parts and auto salvage have prompted changes within our organization. Each and every year more and more new auto parts are imported to fill the needs of consumers seeking a low cost alternative to new OEM parts or used auto parts. These auto parts that are used as an alternative are called “Aftermarket Auto Parts”. This means that they are manufactured by companies that are not the OEM manufacture (i.e. Ford, Nissan, Toyota, etc..) but built to the same specs to fit the same as OEM new parts. Our online store for new auto parts is packed with both aftermarket auto parts and some of the same products that are used originally in the vehicle manufacturing process
How to Search New Parts in the Online Store
We have built an amazing aftermarket and new parts store right into our website. It operates on the same platform as our used auto parts store and are side by side. In it’s current configuration, you need to first select the “SEARCH USED AUTO PARTS” button from our home page which directs you to this URL http://usedautopartsdenver.co/search-used-parts. From here you just select the “New Parts Catalogue” to begin your aftermarket or new auto parts search. There are hundreds of thousands of auto parts in the catalogue and the prices are very competitive. You can simply add the parts you need to your cart and checkout.
What is Available in the Online Store
There are literally so many auto parts available in our new auto parts store, there is not room to list them all on this blog. You can source auto parts like belts, tensioners, switches, lamps, relays, hoses, sensors, gasket sets, bearings, and the list could go on and on. Many of these part types aren't available from used auto parts suppliers, so this helps us fill our customer needs with a wider range of auto parts options. Since I don’t want to write blog that is 25 pages of different auto parts listed out, I’d suggest you just check it out and see for yourself where you can save big money on anything and everything for your next auto parts repair project.
By Ben Silver - March 16, 2017
The Automotive Salvage Industry is not becoming more forgiving and easier to operate in. Every year seems to bring about another round of facility closures due to retirement, land sales, and just plain competition. These members of our community are closing their doors, some willingly, but many due to constraints that have reduced the profitability of their business. For many of us, this is a sign. It’s a sign that constant improvement and evaluation of our operations will be necessary to continue down a path of profitability. It’s also a sign that our community is growing smaller with every year, and it’s more important than ever to strengthen the bonds within our community. We must continue to work and stand together to project a loud voice in support of our industry and all the good that we do. CAR is that voice. It is your voice. CAR is the culmination of our business community, legislative lobby, and administrative action that moves our industry in a positive direction. And CAR is the only entity in the state of Colorado that works and will continue to work for the benefit of your business and all recyclers in this community. Whether we’re fighting to eliminate a bill that will increase your costs, or working to improve communications and trade amongst our members, we’re doing it in your interest. If you are a current member, thank you for standing with us and supporting your community. If you are not a member, please consider joining the fight for this great industry. With each closure, CAR loses a % of our revenue from dues. In order for CAR to remain strong, we need as many salvage yards in Colorado to join our community as possible. To reach its ultimate potential, CAR would need every salvage yard in the state to become a member and support our industry locally. Make today the day that you join CAR and add your voice to the community in support of our association.
The State of Colorado is booming, and job growth in the last three years is at the highest rate in our state since the 90’s (1). Our GDP, which is an indicator of our economy, grew at the 4th fastest rate in the nation in 2016, and it’s expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future (2). While this growth has reduced unemployment in our state and created some challenges in hiring, it has also created many opportunities. If you live in or near any city center in the state of Colorado, you know population growth is a very real thing in our great state. In fact, Colorado is also the 4th fastest growing state by population migration %, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (3). This influx of people and traffic, has created many additional collisions, vehicle repairs, and salvage vehicles. So not only do we have increased demand for our product, but we should also be seeing more vehicles running through our auctions. This supply increase can have positive effect on your business if you take advantage of the opportunities. Some people may come to Colorado for the legal weed, but they stay for the sunshine, seasons, and unbelievable outdoor recreation, among other things. The secret is out on our amazing state, and additional growth and migration are very likely going to be a continued trend. CAR is there to work with salvage yards as they scale up their operations, get compliant with regulations, and build relationships within the association and industry.
Business is Social
At the heart of our businesses and industry, there are people and relationships. Building bridges between our companies has never been more important. When technology is advancing quickly and our economy is growing, it’s not too hard to fall behind. The CAR community is an amazing place to forge business relationships that create synergy between our businesses and foster great ideas. You can’t source information like this from the internet. You gather it through working and conversing with companies that face the same challenges, constraints, and opportunities that you do. CAR has hosted a number of social events and meetings that allow members to meet and exchange information on processes, vendors, and systems that have helped them grow and have increased their success. In just the last two years, CAR has brought in nationally recognized motivational speakers, industry experts, and yard managers that have experienced explosive growth in revenue and profits to speak to our community. Whether you are a member or not, you need to make it to these events to learn from these resources and engage with like-minded automotive salvage professionals. The value in these meetings and relationships is difficult to quantify, but they most certainly can be beneficial if you’re willing to participate and are eager to learn.