Whenever it comes to anything involving cars, there’s always a stigma involved with second-hand goods. Whether you’re looking for a whole engine or even the tiniest components, you’re bound to hear one or more of the many myths about used auto parts. But just because you hear these stories being circulated does not mean that they’re real. They’re called ‘myths’ for a reason.
In this article, we’re going to address five common myths about used auto parts. But that’s not all! We’ll also make sure that you understand WHY they’re incorrect so that you can enjoy the many benefits of using second-hand auto parts with peace of mind.
Let’s get to it!
Myth 1: A used part could never last as long as a new one.
It’s a common misconception that used car parts won’t last as long as a brand new part, especially since they usually cost a lot less. But is that true? Not necessarily. It all depends on the part in question.
Fact: Yes, some used parts will have a shorter remaining life span than a brand new part. These are typically mechanical parts which are affected by the mileage of the vehicle. Experienced and transparent sellers will let you know how much mileage those parts have and how long they’re expected to last. Of course, the price tag will reflect the expected lifespan on the part. The price you pay is justified considering the value that you get in return.
Fact: However, some car parts will last just as long, if not longer, than brand new parts. Headlights are a perfect example of this, as its lifespan is not affected by mileage. Therefore, you’ll get it cheaper as a used part, yet it’ll last just as long as a brand new part!
Myth: Used parts don't come with a warranty.
When it comes to myths about used auto parts, this one is clearly wrong, as long as you’re buying from the right places.
Fact: When you buy used auto parts from proper auto parts dealers, they will offer you warranty coverage. Just like any other spare part, the seller will try to make things right in one way or another if that part fails during the warranty period. Usually, that means finding you a replacement, or in some cases, issuing you a refund.
Depending on the used car parts seller you’re working with, some might even offer you different types or levels of warranty. You’ll get a standard warranty on the parts you buy, but you can also pay a little extra to get one of several extended warranty options.
If this is important to you, then do yourself a favour and speak to different used auto parts sellers to understand their warranty offerings.
Also, do yourself an even bigger favour by avoiding buying used auto parts from random strangers online. There’s no way for you to know if they’re telling you the truth about the part, and they probably won’t offer you a warranty. You’re better off buying from a legitimate used auto parts business instead.
Myth: A used part will undermine your car’s performance.
Fact: No, a used car part will not undermine your car’s performance. You see, before any used auto parts go on sale, a legitimate seller will run it through their standard in-house procedures. That usually starts with a thorough inspection by their technicians to evaluate the condition of the part.
Then, they’ll work to repair and recondition the part so that it’s safe, usable, and able to provide its new owner with the functionality that they expect.
Remember: used auto parts sellers don’t just take car parts and throw them on a shelf, waiting for you to call. Instead, they make sure that those parts will work. Businesses don’t go around looking for once-off sales; instead, they’re all for getting repeat buyers, building a good reputation, and staying in the business.
Myth: Prices are best at the end of the month.
Fact: No, there isn't a better time of the month to buy spare parts. That is a common misconception associated not only with used auto parts but also with new cars. The only exception is if a spare parts seller runs a special promotion or deal during specific periods of the month. Other than that, this is nothing more than a myth.
Myth: Used parts are dangerous.
Fact: Again, if you only buy from reputable sellers, then no, used car parts are not dangerous. As mentioned earlier, used parts go through detailed inspection and quality control before sellers even think about putting them up on sale.
Think about it: businesses that specialise in selling used auto parts don’t want to put their buyers in harm’s way, especially since it’ll ruin their reputation and their business as a whole.
As you can see, there is no shortage of myths about used auto parts. Many will tell you these myths and usually back it up with stories about bad things happening to a friend of a friend to prove their case. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the price savings and value offerings that used auto parts sellers have to offer. To avoid any problems, the main thing you need to do is search for used auto parts sellers to buy from.
The quickest way to do that? Check out Carpart.com.au’s parts listings, visit the websites of our Wreckamended Wreckers, or refer to our Directory. There, you’ll find all the used parts sellers near you, including their contact details so you can see for yourself that they’re legit businesses. If you have any concerns about the quality, warranty, safety and functionality of their parts, you can always call them up to be sure.
If you find it too much of a hassle to do that one seller at a time, why not try our Find-a-Part feature? You only need to fill out a form once, press ‘send’, then start receiving quotes from our network of over 500 vetted wreckers and sellers. You may then choose the best offer and transact only with that seller. It’s a much streamlined process – so start requesting a part now!
By Ray Hasbollah