Salvage Car Parts – A definitive guide

Buying used and second hand salvage car parts can often be an inexpensive alternative to buying brand new auto parts when you need to repair or upgrade your car. There are many different ways you can approach the task of buying used auto parts; such as visiting auto salvage yards or junkyards in your local area, reviewing your local classified ads, or even buying used parts online from retailers or auction websites.

Which salvage car parts can I buy?

Salvage car parts You can purchase more or less every single part of a car online (with the odd exception).   Just be sure that you have as much information as possible when searching to ensure you obtain the correct salvage car part.  Remember that certain parts will be modified very slightly in their manufacture sometimes for just one year, so the more information you have the more likely to get the correct part.  If you’re still not sure, then consult a mechanic, Google or you car’s manufacturer.

Why should I buy second hand parts?

If you are considering purchasing second hand or used salvage car parts then this could save you a considerable amount of money providing that you have the inclination or necessary skills to fit them yourself.  Do check the guarantee provided by the seller  though as although second hand parts may be licensed, some often have no warranty.   If possible, always check the part youself.

Purchasing online or on the  web means that you can hunt down exactly which part you’re after and compare prices,  specific vehicles and specific years.

Where can I buy used car parts?

Salvage / Junk Yards

There will be auto salvage yards in your local area.  Consult the telephone directory or internet search engine by entering “auto salvage yards” or “junk yards”.  If you call them in advance, they should be able to tell you if they have a car with that part or a part on the shelf which is of the right specification before you go there.

You may need to take your own tools and possibly a mechanic to some salvage yards to remove the part from the scrap car yourself so be prepared and know what exactly it is that you require.  That being said, it can save you a lot of money.

The terms and conditions of the sale.

Some salvage yards may honor returns and refunds on parts within a certain time period; whereas other salvage yards may stipulate that all sales are final, we recommend you check with the auto salvage breakers you’re purchasing from.

Classified Ads

Salvage car parts are often advertised for sale by their owners in the classified ad sections of local newspapers, magazines, on ebay or freeads.

If purchasing in that way, make sure that you check the part before buying or that there is a return and refund policy in place if it is being sent to you.

Online Retailer

This method can be a convenient way to locate a specific or rare car part.  The prices of salvage car parts are often found to be lower online since most retailers can eliminate overheads incurred through having staff and a premises.

EBAY –  EBay Motors features new and used auto parts for sale by individual consumers, auto mechanics, auto retail stores, and more.  Always read the sellers feedback before purchasing, check postage costs as this can increase the total price paid for an item (especially if it is a particularily heavy part) and then check what guarantees and return policies are in place.

Should I repair the car myself?

used car partsWhether you decide to renovate or repair your vehicle yourself, should depend mainly on your experience.  If you are relatively inexperienced, then it might be worth taking the part to a qualified mechanic.   However, if it is part which you are familiar with then you could save money by doing it yourself.   Always bear in mind that extra damage caused to the car by not doing the work properly could cost you extra and that once the salvage car part is used or fitted, the warranty will not cover errors in fitting.

Do your research

When purchasing used or second hand salvage car parts,  always try to look at it first or get as much information accross as possible.  Just because it is the same part and same brand does not necessarily mean that is correct part as some manufacturers change a part ever so slightly for just one year.   If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a mechanic.

How do I ensure I get the correct salvage part?

Most reputable auto salvage yards will give you the opportunity  to enter your registration number on their website to see a list of parts which are available from their breakers for your particular vehicle. Sometimes the auto salvage company may require your vehicle chassis or engine number to ensure you get the correct part, you will usually find that a simple phone call to the auto salvage company will put you in touch with someone who will tell you what information is required and how to find it on your particular vehicle.

Pick a reputable vendor

It’s important to ensure that you purchase salvage car parts from a reputable vendor.  Car parts aren’t something to mess around with: a bad one can turn your car into a death-trap!

If you’re still not sure what you’re looking for, get in touch with AFF Vehicle Services who will be happy to help and guide you.

01992 468146 Sales Manager Managing Director

 AFF Vehicle Services salvage car parts are fully tested and condition guaranteed to be as described.