What to Avoid When Buying Auto Parts for a Vehicle Repair

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Repairing your vehicle can be very expensive, which is why it's good to ensure you invest in quality parts for each and every repair job. Not only do you want to avoid wasting money on low-quality parts that won't last, but investing in quality parts will also mean fewer repairs will be needed for your vehicle over time. Note a few mistakes to avoid when buying car, truck, or Jeep auto parts.

Fabricating it

In some cases, you might be able to fabricate a part to fit your vehicle without any problems. For example, it's not uncommon to trim down a tailpipe so it's short enough for your car or truck. However, it's not good to assume you can buy a part that isn't the right size or type for your vehicle then trim, weld, shave, or otherwise fabricate it to fit. Don't simply attach it with hangers or other homemade connectors either! 

Fabricating a vehicle part can mean compromising its overall integrity, so that it can't withstand heat or vibrations under the hood. In turn, the part may break down more quickly or may not respond as it should. A fabricated part or one that is hanging onto the vehicle with homemade connectors also may not absorb vibrations properly. This may cause other vehicle parts to vibrate more than usual, causing them to break down. Always invest in the part you need for your particular make and model of vehicle, rather than fabricating a part that doesn't fit.

Buying rusted parts

Buying used parts can be a good way to save money on vehicle repairs, but avoid severely rusted parts. Rust can quickly spread throughout a part, causing it to crack or break. While a small amount of surface rust may not be too concerning, avoid parts that are covered in rust and already showing signs of weakness.

Not checking the warranty

You might assume that all vehicle parts will last for many years, but this isn't always the case, which is why you should check the warranty of a part before buying it and save your receipts! This is especially important if you use generic parts for needed vehicle repairs. Brand-name parts are usually made with higher quality materials than off-brand parts, so generic parts may not last as long as you expect and often break down very quickly. Always invest in parts with the longest warranty possible so you know you can rely on that part to last.


26 July 2018

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