Replacement Car Parts

If there is one thing every car owner can count on, it’s the fact that their cars will go wrong, sooner or later. Even the best-maintained vehicles experience such problems, though taking care of your car significantly reduces the risk of sudden malfunctions. However, there are simply parts that naturally wear out due to no fault of the owner.

When that happens, the owner needs to find a suitable replacement part as soon as possible, so that they could continue driving their vehicle. With so many options related to purchasing replacement parts, it’s no wonder many car owners don’t know where to begin. That’s why we’ve prepared the following guide, which should help you alleviate the stress caused by having to look for a replacement part.

Knowing which part you need

Experienced car owners who know a thing or two about their car can usually identify a problem when it occurs. Those less knowledgeable and those who simply don’t want to bother with diagnostics should naturally pay a visit to their mechanic, who will be able to identify the problem fairly quickly. Once you’ve identified which part you need, you need to start looking for a suitable replacement. However, even within a single range from a manufacturer, there can be many different versions of a car, with parts varying across the years.

That’s why you really should know what part you’re after. You need to start looking for the right part code. This piece of information can be contained in the manufacturer’s data tables, which you can obtain through your vehicle identification number (VIN). If you’re lucky, there may be a code on the actual part you’re trying to replace. If possible, when visiting a local store, bring the part or vehicle with you, just to make sure you’re buying the right thing. If you’re ordering a part online, ensure to vet the seller or stores reviews to ensure you are buying from a reputable part supplier, and also pay close attention to any images they may have uploaded.

Where to look?

There are many places where you can get the parts you’re after. Needless to say, your local dealer or repairer should have suitable replacement parts and be happy to replace the faulty ones for you. There are now also many great online part retailers and marketplaces to find a large variety of both used and new replacement parts, especially for the most popular makes and models.

For example, many people in Australia look for brand new Ford parts online. The most important thing, apart from getting the right part, is to buy a new one, if possible. Though there are still scrap yards and swap meets, where you can get a specific part for less money, we’d never advise you to purchase a part there if there is an option to buy a new one. Simply, used parts won’t last nearly as long as new ones and their quality is rather dubious.

Look for the best value for money

If you don’t have money to burn, you should do short, yet thorough research and compare the prices. You should not restrict your search to your region, but also include dealers from abroad who ship their products to your country. Just make sure you double-check how much you’ll be paying altogether.

Also, examine if there is an option to use coupons since many companies that sell online or through local advertising outlets often put up coupons to help drum up business. There are various discount codes and money-off vouchers that you can use to reduce your cost.


Another important factor to consider when buying a replacement part is the warranty. To begin with, never buy a part which doesn’t come with a suitable warranty. The longer the warranty period, the more confident the manufacturer is about the product, so look for parts that come with longer warranties.

Replacing the part

Again, you could save money by replacing the faulty part yourself, but if you’re too intimidated by the prospect of you meddling with your car, you should take it to a certified mechanic. If, however, you feel brave enough, you need to consult the owner’s manual first or turn to a professional for advice. If that’s not possible, you might be able to find valuable information in one of the forums where motorists and mechanics discuss car-related issues. Of course, you can also rely on a guide you can find on the Internet, just make sure you follow one that is detailed enough, especially if you’re inexperienced in the matter.

These are the most basic steps you need to take when replacing a car part and, as you can see, they are quite logical. You start by identifying what part you need and finding the best deal for it. Next, you consider whether you’ll have the part installed or you’ll do it yourself. If you make all the right decisions, you’ll enjoy driving a safe and reliable car once again.