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Whether it’s for your 4-year-old Chevy minivan, or the vintage
Dodge Charger you have underneath the canvas in your shop,
finding auto parts that don’t cost you a fortune might be a
tough task. Auto wreckers, E-bay, parts locators – these are all
valid ways to try to find the auto part you need, at the price
you want to pay.
For newer vehicles, you might be inclined to pay full retail
price at your local auto parts store, just to get the exact part
you need for your vehicle. What you should realize is there are
dozens of cars with parts just like yours, or reasonably close,
that are sitting in impound lots, auto wreckers, and on the
Internet, just waiting to find a new home. What makes them more
attractive is that these auto parts can be found for a fraction
of what you would pay for a new part. Chances are, they will
last just as long – unless they have been damaged.
With any vehicle newer than 10 to 12 years, you will be able to
find anything from windshields and side mirrors to carburetors
and radiators at the local auto wreckers. Most auto wreckers
can save you piles of cash when you are shopping for low cost
auto parts. Many of them have their cars catalogued on
computer, along with the parts that have been stripped from
them. It makes shopping for low cost auto parts a breeze – and
With many older vehicles, you may face a tougher task of finding
the auto part you need – at a reasonable price. The parts are
out there – you just need to spend the time finding them. One
of the best places to find auto parts for everything from
collector cars and vintage autos, to the Ford Tempo that needs a
headlight, is on the Internet. Whether you search for the part
on an auction site like E-bay, or if you use a national parts
site like JC Whitney, chances are that someone, somewhere is
going to have the parts you need for your vehicle. There is a
good chance that those parts are going to cost you much less
than finding someone to custom make a part, or purchasing the
part from a retailer.
Vintage cars, especially ones that are older than a half century
may pose a problem for someone shopping for low cost auto parts.
The problem is, many of the parts that are out there are really
hard to find, and when you do find them, they may cost you a
great deal of money to purchase. The first thing you should do
is exhaust all of the auto wreckers in your area. You never
know who has that ’57 Chevy rusting away in the back corner of
the lot since their grandfather owned the yard. Next thing to
do would be to track down all of the used car parts locators on
the Internet. You might find dozens of them, and if you want
the final piece to your collector car puzzle, it is worth the
If you are still having no luck shopping for low cost auto parts
to go with your vintage beauty, there are two other avenues you
might follow to track down the part you need. First, search the
Internet and the Yellow Pages for any car collectors groups that
match your car. If you need a headlight for your Model T, try
finding a group that collects those cars, and inquire where they
found their parts. You may even get lucky and find someone who
has that part in one of the salvaged cars they have used.
Collector clubs can not only be a great lifeline for parts, they
may be able to offer you advice on fixing up your car on a
This next option might be a reach for some, especially if you
live in the city, but rural landowners have a knack for
collecting and storing all sorts of machinery on their
properties – cars, trucks, tractors, etc. This might be your
ace in the hole on a part you are having no luck finding
anywhere else. They may also be the cheapest when you are
shopping for low cost auto parts.
Talk to the local tow truck driver in a small town, or rural
area. They often have the scoop on who has what, and if you’d
be able to find a certain part in the area. It certainly is
worth the effort if you are able to find that final remaining
piece to finish your car. Don’t be afraid to scour the
countryside looking for the part you need – sometimes they are
found in the most unsuspecting places.
Your last resort (and most expensive) is to have a part custom
made. If you are shopping for low cost auto parts, this might
not be the road to travel. But, it is a final option.
With all of these avenues to follow, in all likelihood you will
find the auto part you need, and you should be able to find it
at a price that doesn’t put a huge dent in the pocketbook. Happy
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