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Recently, my spouse got into his car to go to work. Before he even made it down our long driveway, his car began making frightening sounds. Afraid to continue driving the vehicle to work, my husband decided to stay home for the day. After investigating the car, he traveled to an auto parts store in my vehicle. He purchased transmission fluid to put in his problematic automobile. Thankfully, the transmission fluid helped the car’s performance. Besides transmission fluid, you can find many other types of items to help you maintain your vehicle at an auto parts store. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the most sought after items available at auto parts stores today. Enjoy!

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Things to Consider When Buying Used Auto Parts

by Renee Miles

Buying used car parts for your vehicle is a good option when you are trying to save some money are looking for a part that is no longer manufactured for your vehicle. Where you buy the parts and knowing what to look for when you do is critical. If you look in the right places, you can sometimes save a significant amount of money on the parts you need. 

Salvage Yards

One of the most popular places to find used car parts is at a salvage yard or automotive recycler in your area. The salvage operation will be one of a couple of types, and it is essential to know which one you are dealing with before you go to purchase parts from the yard. 

Self Service Yards

A self-service yard is one where you remove the parts you need from the car and then bring it to a cashier when you are ready to pay for it. These yards can be a lot of fun if you are a car person, and sometimes wandering around acres of cars will uncover parts you didn't know existed. The downside to these yards is that you have to bring your tools and remove the part from the vehicle yourself, but that often means you can look at several cars and find the used car parts to fit your needs and are in the best condition. 

Full-Service Yards

Full-service yards do not require you to pull the parts off the car yourself, and most of these operations will not even allow you to enter the yard where the cars are. Employees working for the salvage yard remove the used car parts that the business feels will sell, and then the parts are put on a shelf to be sold over the counter to customers that need them. 

The used auto parts sold this way are often inspected and sometimes tested before they are sold, so you stand a chance of getting a better part. Still, this method of removing and inventorying the parts does not allow you to choose between parts to try and get the one in the best condition for your car. The advantage here is spending less time at the salvage yard looking for used car parts. With a good inventory system, the auto recycler can tell you if they have the part on hand before you go to the yard. 

No matter how you buy used car parts, you should look the parts over first. Any apparent problems should be noted and pointed out to the auto recycler so that you do not end up with a component that will not work in your car.