Car parts and accessories can be a great way to enhance the appearance, performance and safety of your vehicle. Sourcing the cheapest parts can also save you money when you visit the mechanic, and of course all those DIYers out there know the benefits of buying and installing your own car parts.
We have a wide range of car parts as well as resources for car parts on mechanics.com.au. Browse through our car parts to find the bits you need to make your vehicle run its best.
Buy Car Parts
Many car wreckers and automotive supply stores will allow you to buy car parts online, and there are a range of new and second hand parts available for purchase. You can also sell parts easily online if are wrecking your own vehicle or have removed a part and now want to sell it.
Choosing to buy parts online can make the whole process quick and easy, and many suppliers offer overnight shipping and fast turnaround times. It's important to understand the parts you need for the make and model of your vehicle, supply the correct details and ensure you are getting appropriate quality equipment, and there are ways to increase your chance of success when you buy car parts.
First, when buying car parts, be sure you have your chassis number and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on hand. Parts suppliers, wreckers and mechanics can use this to identify the exact model of your car. This is important because even models that look similar and were made in the same year can have different parts, and ordering the wrong car parts can leave you frustrated and out of pocket.
Locate Chassis Number And VIN
Usually, the chassis number and VIN are located on a metallic plate in the engine bay. A quick look under the bonnet on the rear wall (firewall) wall help you find it. Make a note and keep it somewhere you can access easily because you may find more use for it than just car parts. It's also handy to note the exact type of engine your car features, and this is usually listed as the "engine prefix" or similar on the same plate.
Buy Quality Parts
Once you provide the chassis and VIN number to your chosen car parts supplier, they should be able to identify your vehicle correctly and the parts you needs. If you are buying parts privately, you can usually check on the manufacturer's website the exact parts you need and whether they will be compliant. You can always call a professional mechanic if you are unsure.
Once you are ready to buy parts, ensure that you are getting appropriate quality. If buying car parts from a business, check if they have a valid ABN and enquire if they supply a warranty with their parts. Some car wreckers will give you a warranty as a guarantee of value.
Second-hand parts can often be a great way to save money and obtain valuable car parts. Second hand parts are often of OEM quality (Original Equipment Manufacture), which is like a manufacturer stamp of approval. You are also doing your bit for the environment by recycling perfectly usable car parts.
Second-hand parts availability in Australia is good, and there are networks of wrecking yards ready to supply you with car parts. You must check with each individual seller that the quality of parts is acceptable, and the final buying responsibility lies with you when buying car parts.