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Finding Quality Auto Body Parts At The Wreckers

Jun 8, 2008
If you have ever had to do work or had someone else do work on your vehicle then you know how costly parts can be. While it maybe cheaper to do the work yourself, it can be a difficult job. Other times it is nice to shop for second hand parts, but it can be hard to find what you want. When sitting down to make a decision on how best to fix your vehicle you need to ask yourself a few simple questions.

The first thing you need is whether or not you need to get a new part/s. For electronic components or moving parts getting used parts can be risky. However if you are looking for second-hand parts, then getting used can be a very viable option.

Choosing Second-Hand Auto Body Parts

The trick to getting good prices on used body parts is persistence. The first thing you need to do is research on what junkyards and auto parts places are nearby. After doing that you can begin calling them to see if they have the part you are looking for in stock.

If the part you want is in stock, take note of the price now is not the time to haggle. Keep good records of quoted prices so you can do that later

After you have developed a list of local retailers that have the part you are looking for set aside some time to go out and talk to them. Depending on how many have the auto body parts you are looking for you may need multiple days to get this done. You are definitely going to want to look at as many parts as possible as there will most assuredly be differences in the quality of the different parts.

While used parts may have a little wear and tear to them I would avoid purchasing parts with significant wear and tear as more than likely you will just end up having to buy them again. If the part looks up to scratch and of solid quality see if you can haggle down the price.

More than likely unless it is a very strict junkyard you should be able to haggle them down a bit. If the price is still unsatisfactory, just politely inform the owner that you have a few other locations to check out. Even it is the price is good this is pretty solid strategy for getting them to move on the price or at the very least test them to see if there is room to move.

Once you have purchased the product now it is a simple matter of installing it. If you can do this yourself than go for it, otherwise take the part to a mechanic and see what they can do.
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Author Steve Sharp works for Mechanical Franchise a business dedicated to helping people find out about the car parts online and off the perfect place to get information on all things mechanical.
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