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

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  • Mar 06, 2021

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!

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