When your car breaks down or you’re doing repairs, the last thing you want is to go through an online scam. We have all seen or heard of it happening; you get a great deal and it never actually arrives, or worse – you spend money on a product, it’s faulty or breaks down quickly, and there’s no way to get a refund.
It’s easier than ever to find great deals on auto parts online. Many specialty and rare parts can be found and shipped from all over the world, and genuine competition has driven down the prices of more common parts, helping consumers everywhere.
But when you make important auto part purchases online, it’s important to look for a few key things.
Make Sure You Get the Part You Need
Manufacturers are often using updated or slightly varied parts in their newer models. The easiest way to make sure you are ordering the right part is to have a matching model, make, and year for your vehicle. However, there may be a matching alternative even if it’s from a different year or model – check your owner’s manual to make sure you get the right part.
Choose Guaranteed Products
Perth Parts Solutions has a standard three-month guarantee on all used parts sold through us, with the option to extend the warranty. When you purchase parts online, always look to see if it has a warranty or is otherwise guaranteed. With bigger purchases or ones that may cause significant damage if not installed or used correctly, we always recommend having an extended warranty.
Have Your Part Arrive On Time
One thing to consider is how quickly you need the part. If you need your car back and functioning quickly after it’s gone through some damages, you probably don’t want to order a part online and find it takes a month and a half to ship from overseas. Purchasing parts online is often great because you can find parts sold anywhere in the world – but check to see what shipping costs and times are before clicking confirm. Some wreckers and auto parts yards will do local delivery, or offer fast shipping.
Buy From Trustworthy Sources
It’s all too easy to get tempted by a low price tag on Gumtree or eBay. But it’s always more reliable to purchase from a certified reseller rather than another person in your area. Wrecker yards and auto parts stores are accountable to customer reviews, return policies, and state resale laws – other people who take apart their cars themselves aren’t.
With the huge selection of used auto parts online, it’s easier than ever to find exactly the price you need and shop around. When making purchases online, keep in mind the value of purchasing from trusted resellers with guaranteed services.