By Ben Silver - July 31, 2019
When you start evaluating different auto parts options, it’s important to consider used auto parts for your repair. Here’s some information to aid in your auto parts search.
Types of Used Auto Parts Available
Body Parts - These are exterior used auto parts like doors, Trunk Lids, Fenders, Headlights, Taillights, Etc.
Mechanical Parts - These are the moving parts that make the vehicle run and drive like the engine, transmission, rear axle, etc.
Electrical Parts - These used auto parts use electricity to provide a function like your stereo, wiper motor, etc.
Used Auto Parts Save Money
Most used auto parts are available at a fraction of the cost of OEM parts. Some used parts are priced at 60%-70% less than a new OEM parts! This is probably the advantage that consumers appreciate most about used auto parts. Many recyclers are willing to negotiate on the price of the used auto parts they distribute. Just find a recycler, like Central Auto Parts, with professional sales people and work with them find a fair price. At dealerships and aftermarket parts providers, you generally won’t have any bargaining power.
OEM Fit and Performance
Used auto parts are Original Equipment Manufactured parts. So they’re an exact fit and performed at OEM specs on somebody else's vehicle. Mechanical parts, like engines and transmissions, may have some wear and tear but are a very safe option compared to something that has been taken apart and rebuilt. Aftermarket vendors, who typically provide body parts, do not have the same OEM fit of used auto parts. This makes installation and fitment of used auto parts, the best option.
Truly a Green Option
By reusing auto parts you can save the costs and resources of manufacturing and transporting a new product. Recycled auto parts, especially if purchased locally, provide a great replacement auto part with minimal manufacturing or resources. Some estimates state that the sale of used auto parts saves over 85 million barrels of oil per year. The recycled steel from auto salvage yards is used create new vehicle bodies and steel for construction. If you’re interested in making choices that help the environment instead of impact, choose used auto parts from a professional salvage yard like Central Auto Parts.