Electric vs. Gas Vehicles

As the years pass, people are becoming more and more aware of the damage happening to the world. Transportation is one of the leading causes of carbon emissions, and it’s an industry that we have long-fought to improve. Thanks to technology, the past decade or so has seen vehicles that are partially or fully electric. Electricity is a renewable, clear resource that is a far better alternative to fossil fuels. However, not everyone is sold on electric cars. What are the arguments for and against each type of vehicle? Let’s take a look!

Electric Cars

Pro: Better for the environment: As we just briefly mentioned, electric vehicles are far healthier for the environment than their gas-powered counterparts. Electricity can be created, unlike many other forms of energy, including fossil fuels. This means that we are not draining the earth of a valuable resource because it exists in limitless supply. Electric cars do not consume gasoline from the earth, nor do they emit greenhouse gases. For those who are environmentally-conscious, upgrading to a hybrid or electric vehicle is a simple choice. Every person that has an electric vehicle is doing their part to reduce air pollution caused by motorists.

Pro: Quickly growing in popularity.: Electric cars are popping up more and more because the idea is gaining traction. The manufacturers of the first electric car models have proven that it is a reliable alternative, so other carmakers are following their example and releasing models of their own. Now that they’re more widely available, people invest in them rather than switching to a different gas-powered model. 

 

Pro/Con: Cheaper in the long run, but more expensive upfront.: We wanted to lump these two things together to give you an honest look at this argument. Electric cars are still a bit more expensive to purchase than gas vehicles, to start with the downside. Obviously, electric cars are newer and require more advanced technology, so the discrepancy makes sense. That being said, the initial price shouldn’t be too big of a concern to you. In the long run, gas-powered vehicles will cost you much more! Paying to charge an electric car is more affordable than filling up your tank. You can save hundreds or thousands of dollars per year, depending on the price of gasoline in your area. 

 

Con: Fewer models, especially as “used.”: If you’ve ever been hunting for a used electric vehicle or electric vehicle part, you probably came to realize that they are not readily available. Salvage yards are not filled with electric or hybrid vehicles, at least not yet. As the technology becomes older and more established, you’ll be able to find electric vehicles second-hand, but for now, they can be few and far between. You also need to consider the cost of a charger as well as the higher cost of any repairs that might be required. As far as we’re concerned, electric cars will be easier to find “used” as the years pass. For some models that come in gas or electric, parts are universal and can be replaced easily. Do some research before you buy to have a general idea of the hassles that will come with future car troubles.

 

Con: They require a charging port.: As with every other electric thing in existence, electric vehicles need energy. All cars have batteries, but electric cars require far more storage and power because their battery is replacing the gas-powered engine. You’ll need to install a charging port or station on your property, which can be costly. But, as we said, it will save you money down the line. More importantly, take into account how far you travel each day. We’re seeing a growing number of parking lots with electric car charging stations, but the majority still do not have them. If you’re constantly going on long journeys, trusting that someone will have a car charging port is not the best idea. A hybrid model might be better for you if you don’t have access to a charger when you need it.

Gas-Powered Vehicles

Pro: They have been around forever and are easy to find.: Since gas-powered vehicles are the original model, they’re all over the place! You can find countless makes and models from every manufacturer. New, pre-owned, refurbished – you name the condition, and we can guarantee you’ll find one. This is obviously great for those looking to save money and buy used. You can find 2018s for a reasonable price at this point, even with low mileage. It’s convenient, quick, and comforting. 

 

Pro: Gas stations are on every corner.: You may not be able to find a charging port, but you can drive around any block and find at least one gas station. Usually, you have a few options close by for the sake of competition. You can pick where you want to go, and you never have to worry that there won’t be a fueling station within just a few miles of you at any given point in a drive. You can head to the gas station, fill up, buy a coffee, and still make it to work with time to spare!

 

Pro: Finding used or salvaged parts is much simpler.: We may be biased, but this is a major pro! It’s so much cheaper to buy salvaged or refurbished car parts when you need a repair than it is to buy new from the dealer or manufacturer. A huge majority of the parts in cars are still in perfectly fine condition when the vehicle finds its way to a salvage yard. The exterior may be ruined, or the engine may have given out, but there will always be some number of parts that are still of value. If you have a classic, gas-powered vehicle, you can likely find any part you need used (so long as it’s an older model). You can certainly find just about anything you need at Airline Auto Parts! You can even search by the exact make and model and get the part shipped right to your door. 

 

Con: Fluctuating fuel prices.: All car owners know the frustration that comes with going to get gas. Will the price be lower than your last trip, or did it shoot up several cents per gallon? Unfortunately, we have no real control over the price of gas. It’s all based on supply and demand, and the supply is starting to run low. Prices fluctuate daily in some cases. You could be lucky and get a year of falling prices, or you could pay an extra dollar or two per gallon. There’s no real way to predict the trends, and since you need your car to get around, you don’t have much choice but to pay what they’re asking. 

 

Con: Detrimental to the environment.: Of course, we can’t close out this article without mentioning the number one issue with gas-powered vehicles; their impact on the environment. Greenhouse gases are polluting the air, hurting the air quality, and destroying the ozone layer. If we don’t start to reduce pollution, climate change will become irreversible within the next few years. Swapping to electric vehicles is a great first step to take, even though it may not seem impactful now. If everyone does their part, we can reverse the damage we’ve caused to the world.

 

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both electric and gas-powered vehicles. For the time being, gas cars are still the overwhelming majority out on the road, but electric or hybrid models seem to be appearing more and more frequently. Regardless of the car you have, we can almost guarantee that you’ll find the part you need at Airline Auto Parts. Search by year, make, and model, and get salvaged or refurbished parts shipped to your door. We quality check each and every part so that you can feel confident in your purchase. Find what you need for gas and electric cars at https://airlineautoparts.net/. Our inventory changes frequently, so if we don’t have what you’re looking for right now, check back soon!

The Basic Vehicle Maintenance Tips You Need

If you’re the proud owner of a car or vehicle, you probably know the dread that comes with finding a problem. Whether the check engine light comes on, you notice odd squeaking sounds, or something just doesn’t seem quite right; your car is bound to have an issue at some point. The older a car is, the more likely they are to have problems. Vehicles are designed to last for many years, but constant use, bad weather conditions, and general wear and tear can be problematic. Some parts in cars and other vehicles are more prone to damage and breakage than others. Common offenders include belts, brakes, filters, fluid lines, and more. A mechanic or dealership is always willing to repair it for you, but they can be pricey. If you give yourself some time to master these basic car maintenance skills, you can save $1000s on repairs.

Know How To Change Your Oil

One of the simplest and most useful maintenance skills you should have is knowing how to change your oil. You should know where the oil is under the hood and how to use the stick to gauge how much you have. If you’re low and you’ve had an oil change recently, you can just add some more. If it’s time for a total change, there are a few more things to learn. You’ll want to jack up the front of your car to get to the oil pan. You can also use ramps if that’s easier for you. Locate the oil drain pan beneath the car. Place a collection pan below the oil plug, then use a ratchet to open the plug. Wait for the oil to drain completely, then put in a new drain plug. Find the oil filter (under the car or the hood), and carefully remove it. Replace it with a new, full filter and make sure it’s on nice and tight. The last step is to fill up the oil tank until the dipstick indicates that it’s full with your brand new oil! There are many helpful tutorials online if you’re just starting out. After a few oil changes, you’ll be a pro!

Don't Forget To Check Tire Pressure Every So Often

Another must-know vehicle maintenance skill is how to check tire pressure. It’s always a good idea to have a pressure gauge stored somewhere in the car/truck. They’re small and inexpensive but can save you a lot of trouble. Every so often, you want to make sure you check the tire pressure before you head out on the road. This is especially true if you live somewhere that gets very cold or if you notice that one or more tires seem to be a bit soft. You can find the pressure requirements on the driver’s side door panel of the vehicle. If any of your tires are not in the correct range, you’ll want to fill them up. You should also check to see if they are all equally low. If one tire is constantly losing pressure faster, there’s likely a leak. Many gas stations or car washes will have air pumping stations, or you can use a compressor if you have one at your house. Fill up the tires carefully, often checking to avoid over-inflation. This is a very simple car maintenance skill but essential for preventing driving on flat tires.

Have Tools To Replace A Flat Tire

Before you take your car out for a drive next, check to make sure that you have everything you need to replace a flat tire should you ever get one. Each car is a bit different in terms of tools you may need, but the general Flat Tire Checklist consists of the following:

– A jack

– A lug wrench

– A spare tire or “doughnut”

– Tire pressure gauge

 

You’ll need to remove the hubcap, then the tire itself. Grab your spare and secure it in place, making sure it is adequately inflated. You should then make it a top priority to find a garage to replace the tire properly. Try to limit how much you drive on the spare, as they are meant for emergencies, not to replace a regular tire long-term. Be sure to find a safe stop to change a flat tire away from passing cars as much as possible. Learning this skill will let you get home sooner, and you won’t be stranded on the side of the road, hoping someone comes by who can help. You’re an independent person, so you should know how to help yourself out of a common car trouble situation!

Brake Pads and Other Parts Can Be Replaced At Home

A very common area of a vehicle that can wear down is the brakes. Brake pads can wear out; brake fluid can run low, brake plates can get damaged, etc. Obviously, brakes are imperative for safe driving, so problems aren’t something you can ignore. That being said, some brake repairs can be made at home! You’ll save money and time by doing it yourself, especially if you find salvaged, used, or refurbished replacement parts. Of course, you want to get the parts from a salvage yard you trust, like Airline Auto Parts. We check each part before they’re shipped out to make sure they’re safe. If they don’t pass inspection, we won’t sell them. Many of the cars we get have brake systems that are perfectly fine, so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem locating a part you need. You want to make sure you know what you’re doing when replacing brakes to avoid potential accidents. It’s best to work with a skilled repair person for your first few times so they can check your work. Make sure you get the parts specific to your make and model – made easy on https://airlineautoparts.net/ with our search tools!

Don't Wait to Change Your Wiper Blades

Our last maintenance tip for this article is to know when to replace your wiper blades. Windshield wipers are the only thing between you and a rainy day accident, so replace them ASAP. Each car takes different wiper blades. Check your owner’s manual or do a quick Google search to find the size(s) you need. Some cars have one long blade and one short, and you want to get those specs before you head to the store or make a purchase online. Luckily, wiper blades are super easy to change out, so it’s only a 5-minute job. Signs you want to replace your wiper blades include:

– It’s not clearing off the whole windshield

– The rubber is hanging off

– It jumps or sputters as it moves

– It squeaks, even when there is a lot of rain

– The rubber or plastic is missing chunks

 

If you notice any of these telltale signs of an old wiper blade, it’s time to grab a new one. By new, we mean new to you; there’s no reason why you can’t save some money and get salvaged wiper blades. Many people incorrectly assume that cars in salvage yards are old and broken down, but that’s not always the case. Some parts are damaged beyond repair, but others, like wiper blades, might be in perfect condition! Check out Airline Auto Parts to see if we have your wiper blades in stock.

The more care maintenance tips and skills you have under your belt, the better off you’ll be. Impress your friends with your knowledge, save $1000s in repair costs, and be your own boss. When you make repairs yourself, you know everything is being done to your standard, and you don’t have to pay labor fees. These are only a few of the many self-repairable issues vehicles can have, so don’t limit your knowledge to just what you see here. Whenever you have repairs to make, head over to Airline Auto Parts first. We have acres of cars and car parts, conveniently organized by year, make, and model. You can search online for exactly what you need and get it shipped right to your front door. Visit https://airlineautoparts.net/ and start hunting today!

The Do’s & Don’ts of Buying Auto Parts

Vehicles are a big investment at any age. Not only do you have to purchase the car, but you also need to pay for insurance, gas, and any necessary repairs. Manufacturers will charge outrageous amounts of money for replacement parts. Salvage yards like Airline Auto Parts don’t agree with that choice, and we’re committed to offering name brand, used, or recycled parts to car owners who need them. Our inventory includes makes and models from around the world so that you can get your hands on the part you need hassle-free. When you go to purchase auto parts, keep these Do’s and Don’ts in mind.

Do: Check (and double check) your make and model as well as the dimensions of the part

We are all pretty well-versed with ordering things online. Auto parts are no different. However, it’s especially important to be sure you’re ordering exactly what you need. Some cars’ components are pretty universal, but others are unique to a certain brand, make, or model. If you’re out of commission until your car is fixed, you want to order once and be done. If you do not make sure that your purchase is correct, you’ll find yourself unable to drive for even longer! Do your research, even if you think you know what you need. Look in your car’s manual, look up the specs online, and inspect the part yourself. It’s much better to be safe than sorry, so never feel bad about spending a few extra minutes checking measurements, stats, and other relevant information.

Do: Ask a mechanic you trust to identify the problem, then start your part hunt.

Sometimes, you may experience problems with your vehicle that you can’t pinpoint on your own. In times like these, we strongly suggest visiting a mechanic or auto-inclined friend that can thoroughly inspect the vehicle and diagnose the issue. Be sure to go to someone you trust because some garages will tell you about “issues” that don’t actually need to be fixed. Once you’ve gotten an inspection, you have the right to find a replacement part on your own. Many garages or shops will be happy to install a part you already have. You can shop Airline Auto Parts and save money! We also proudly sell to garages and shops across Texas and the US, so you’ll get the best price possible for high-quality, like-new auto parts. As always, our parts have a 6-month warranty, so if your problem persists, you don’t lose money

Do: Shop at salvage yards with good reputations and reliable parts.

When hunting for auto parts, it’s important to look at salvage yards that are reputable and reliable. You could go to the “junkyard” and possibly find the part you need, but can you trust that it’s in working order? When you shop from a salvage yard like Airline Auto Parts, you know that the part is backed by a warranty and inspected for safety before it’s added to our inventory. We make sure that the parts we sell will last, and we’re always on the lookout for any discount brand replacements. You deserve the best quality auto parts, so that’s all we offer. You want to check reviews for any salvage yard you consider because auto parts dealers can try to pass off “acceptable” parts as “good” parts. If you settle for parts in less-than-ideal condition, you’ll end up having to replace them in just a few months. Airline Auto Parts takes pride in our customer reviews, so don’t take our word; trust our past clients!

Don't: Let your mechanic/dealer convince you that they are offering the best price.

Unless you’re truly in a bind, you shouldn’t assume that your mechanic or parts dealer is giving you the best deal, even if they assure you they are. Take some time to research the parts you need and compare prices across different shops and salvage yards. If your mechanic allows, it’s always a wise financial choice to purchase recycled or used parts and get them installed. Purchasing parts from the manufacturer will always be the most expensive because they’re brand new and therefore have not depreciated in value. What shops and dealers don’t want you to know is that many commonly-replaced parts can be found in salvage yards in like-new condition. Depending on the part, it could come from a car with 100,000+ miles and look just as good as a new one. Sometimes auto parts break out of nowhere rather than from wear and tear. If you happen to have one of these fluke issues, the odds are good that a salvage yard like Airline Auto Parts can hook you up with an affordable and functional replacement for a fraction of the price of a brand new part.

Don't: Purchase a part that isn't under warranty.

Lastly, be sure that you purchase auto parts that are under warranty. You want peace of mind when shopping, and a warranty is the best way to get it. Airline Auto Parts promises 6-months of guaranteed warranty on each and every part we sell and ship. Our goal is to help you permanently fix your vehicle, not temporarily patch up a problem. If you get a part from us and it does not perform as it should, we will refund your purchase. We offer several warranty options to choose from so that you can feel 100% confident in your choice to shop with us. Finding a salvage yard with a solid warranty is especially important for a) big-ticket items that cost a lot even when second-hand, and b) when you shop online, and the part is being shipped to you. We all know that shipping services can jostle packages around during transit, and it can occasionally result in damage. That doesn’t need to be a concern when you shop with Airline Auto Parts!

We encourage you to keep these things in mind the next time you’re in the market for auto parts. Always shop from trusted businesses to avoid hassle and headaches later on. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help in finding what you need! Airline Auto Parts ships all over the US, and we hope you’ll consider shopping with us for your next replacement part. Visit https://airlineautoparts.net/ to browse our current inventory, and check back often for updates! Happy shopping!

Top 5 Common Car Problems

According to Agero, a prominent company in improving driving safety, there are roughly 69 million vehicle breakdowns in the US each year. That’s about 1 in 3 drivers who will suffer car troubles! Airline Auto Parts should be your first and only stop to get the replacement parts you need to get back on the road. We ship nation-wide and carry an enormous selection of auto parts. Here are a few of the issues that we get part orders for on a regular basis!

Brake Problems

Odds are, you’ve been in or owned a vehicle that had some kind of trouble with its brakes. There’s a huge number of things that can go haywire with your brakes, from worn pads to broken discs and more. There are a lot of moving parts in your braking system alone, so it’s not uncommon to have something go wrong over time. Here are a few signs you may have brake issues:

– Leaking fluid

– Squeaking or grinding noises

– The car pulls to one side while stopping

– Issues with the brake pedal

– Wobbling or jerking movements when the brake is applied

– Problems with the anti-lock system

– And more!

 

The good news is that Airline Auto Parts carries just about any component you may need to fix your brake problem. You can search online or on-location for the make, model, and part you need. We stock all foreign and domestic vehicles so that our customers don’t leave empty-handed. If you need a single piece or an entire brake system, we have you covered. 

The good news is that Airline Auto Parts carries just about any component you may need to fix your brake problem. You can search online or on-location for the make, model, and part you need. We stock all foreign and domestic vehicles so that our customers don’t leave empty-handed. If you need a single piece or an entire brake system, we have you covered.

Alternator Failure

The alternator is a key component in your car’s electrical system, turning the crankshaft’s energy into useful electricity to power your vehicle’s electrical systems. It also is responsible for assisting in charging the battery so that the car can do its job. Alternator failure is a common problem among motorists, leading to all kinds of electrical and overall performance issues. The alternator is the piece responsible for starting the car when it is off. It also powers the most electric-heavy components while driving or idling, such as headlights, power windows, the radio, etc. Without a functioning alternator, there is nothing to charge your battery, and you will find yourself on the side of the road with a dead vehicle. Replacing a faulty alternator can be costly, so do yourself a favor and shop recycled, used, and remanufactured options at Airline Auto Parts! Search by year, make, and model to get exactly what you need!

Cracked Windshield

Windshields can typically take a licking and keep on ticking, but every so often, they’ll crack under pressure (literally). While driving at high speeds, you may get hit with a rock or stone or other debris from the highway. If it hits you with enough force and in the right spot, your windshield can crack. A small crack won’t obstruct your view, but it’s a good idea to get it repaired or replaced ASAP. Fluctuating temperatures may cause the glass to expand or contract, causing the crack to get larger. Before you know it, half your window is covered with fine lines that distort your view! As you would imagine, replacing a windshield can cost a pretty penny. There are countless vehicles just like yours sitting in yards like Airline Auto’s with perfect windshields! We can match you with a windshield from the make and model you need for a fraction of the cost of visiting a dealership or even most garages. With a 6-month warranty on all products, you can feel confident that your windshield will arrive undamaged or your money back!

Transmission Problems

The transmission is another common part to have technical difficulties with. It’s extremely important, so any issues should be checked out right away. The transmission is responsible for converting the engine’s combustion power into momentum to drive the wheels. In other words, the transmission is why your car can accelerate. When things go awry, you can run into some dangerous situations. Many cars now have an automatic transmission, but standard/manual vehicles are also out and about on the road. Each of these requires vastly different elements and parts when things go wrong. There are a few ways to identify a faulty transmission:

– Your car feels like it is trying to change gears, and you cannot stop it

– Shifting gears is rough and jerky

– Shifting is delayed 

– You have problems maintaining the correct level of transmission fluid

– Strange noises while shifting

– And more

If you notice any of these “symptoms,” it’s time to check out your vehicle. Don’t go to the dealership to get a new transmission – that’ll cost you far more money than it should! Instead, find a local shop or garage that you trust and that charges fair prices. If you’re in need of any part of the transmission, check online at https://airlineautoparts.net/ by make, model, and part! We ship all over the US quickly and promise a 6-month warranty.

Cosmetic Issues

We constantly hear about cosmetic issues such as dents, rusts, scratches, broken mirrors, detached bumpers, etc. While most of these problems are little more than inconveniences, many car owners detest them. Things happen that cause damage, and most car owners want to fix it when they can. In some cases, it’s appropriate to replace the area entirely rather than repaint, buff out, or reattach it. Cosmetic reasons are one of the driving forces for used car parts. You may think that all the cars used for parts are old and run down, but that’s not always the case! Airline Auto Parts and similar salvage yards could be able to find your body panels, interior elements, mirrors, hubcaps, and more for a fraction of the price of the same items new from the manufacturer. People often hunt for parts of vehicles following accidents that destroy the bumper, hood, or side panel. Since Airline Auto Parts stocks just about any vehicle you can think of, the odds are good that we have what you need. We’ve helped many customers with rarer cars find replacement panels and parts, and we can help you too!

We hope you’ve found this article informative and helpful. If you suffer any of these car troubles, make sure your first stop is to Airline Auto Parts. We offer fair prices to all customers, and our shipping process is designed specifically to keep your parts safe and get them to you quickly. Check out https://airlineautoparts.net/ to see what parts we currently have in stock. Our inventory is constantly changing, so keep us in mind whenever you need to repair your vehicle!