Used Auto Parts Warranty - What to Expect


Nov 29th, 2018

Used Auto Parts Warranty - What to Expect

In a lot of cases, you will find that new car parts have warranties attached to them. Is that the case for used auto parts? Should you expect to get any warranty if you pay a visit to an auto wrecking yard? And if you should, what kind of warranty should you opt for? 

Finding an auto part with a warranty that suits your needs can be difficult. Some factors or variables affect the auto part's availability and the length or inclusiveness of the warranty. This section will enlighten you on what to expect from a salvage yard based on experience. Before you buy used car parts, here are some things you should expect –

Sellers that Offer Warranties

Finding a wrecking yard that provides a warranty for used auto parts is now becoming less of a rarity than it was many years ago. Since the internet has made car parts available pretty much worldwide, auto part sales can be conducted across any geographical location, which implies a rise in the level of competitiveness. 

Due to this trend, auto wreckers who sell used car parts have begun to offer warranties to keep up with the competition. All the same, no matter whether you purchase a used auto part - online or from your local salvage yard - you must have an understanding not only of warranties but of return policies as well.

Warranty Length

When it comes to used auto parts, the length of warranties are anywhere between 30 and 90 days. You could also find sellers who offer up to 6 months and even up to 12 months if you happen to buy extended warranties. Always make inquiries as warranties vary by the dealer or by part the type purchased. 


Sellers of used car parts usually place restrictions on warranty honouring. For instance, they may nullify the warranty if the parts are modified, if a certified mechanic does not install them, if you install the parts outside a specific location, or if the parts become defective due to misuse. Ensure that you have an understanding of every stipulation which the warranty comes with so that it does not become null and void.

More Considerations 

One other vital factor that determines the kind of warranty that you should expect when buying a used car part is the type of part you're buying.  

Mechanical Parts

Mechanical parts comprise of a car's moving parts, such as the engine, the front axle assembly, rear axle assembly, the transmission, differential, and so on. These parts have a higher chance of experiencing failure. Their constant motion hastens their wear and tear which is why a warranty is crucial. It would be wise to accept nothing below a 90-day warranty for mechanical parts. 

According to industry standards, a 90-day warranty is appropriate as it will allow you enough time to use the part and see if it works as it should. Sometimes, you will find wreck yards that offer warranties extending up to a year. This is ideal and should be considered for major items like an engine.

Some other factors to consider may be the length of time you intend to use the car, the number of kilometres on the vehicle and its replacement part, and so forth. A lot of recyclers now offer a labour warranty for a premium. It is an insurance plan which aids in the coverage of labour cost if a defect happens. This form of coverage is not common, but you will find some recyclers who offer it. 

Electrical Parts

Electrical car parts consist of things like the radio, engine computers, body control modules, computers transfer case modules, and other electrical components. Some car wreckers refuse to provide warranties on electric parts because of the tedious procedures involved. When it comes to used auto parts, the chance that such parts have issues is very high. 

To mitigate the effects of possible problems later, securing a warranty would be a sound decision. Most recyclers offer 30-day warranties on parts with electrical auto parts, and this is fine as it gives you the time to have the product installed and tested. 

Body Parts & Suspension Parts

These parts are the rugged parts of your car that only suffer damages if there is a collision. 

Standard Warranties for Used Auto Parts

Even though many wrecking yards offer standard warranties for used car parts, there could be a variation in the length of such warranties for different salvage yards. The duration may be anywhere from 30-90 days. Some warranties may even have an extended period but not cover the labour cost related to replacing the auto part. 

Warranties with the same term or length of time don't necessarily mean that they have the same inclusions and exclusions. For instance, there are salvage yards who stipulate that specific steps be followed in the installation of a particular part and if such stipulation is not followed, the warranty becomes void. 

The aim is not to trick the consumer into going against the terms of the warranty but geared towards ensuring that the specific auto part runs smoothly. It is essential to ask questions about the used auto part that you're purchasing.  

Extended Warranties for Used Car Parts and Labour 

Many salvage yards currently provide extended warranties for used auto parts such as engines and transmissions which happen to require an extra fee in most cases. Just like standard warranties for used auto parts, extended warranties could have variations in their length, scope, and price. 

Valuable Tips for Buyers of Used Auto Parts

When it comes to purchasing used car parts, here are some useful tips –

1. Know the used car part's history

Before buying a used auto part, be sure that you are aware of its history and age. 

2. Ask about the return policy

Make sure that the used auto part can be returned or exchanged. Knowing all these terms and conditions before making purchases is very vital. 

3. Read the fine print carefully

Go over the terms and conditions of the warranty.

4. Parts only means 'parts only.'

Labour, towing, oils, hire cars or any losses whatsoever are not covered. 

5. Off-the-hoist Warranty

Labour is covered the day that the part is fitted to your vehicle and/or the date on the invoice. If the part becomes faulty two weeks down the track, then labour or losses is not covered at all.

6. Parts and Labour Warranty

In this case, the parts and labour are covered by the supplier but do not expect to be able to conduct your own repairs and send the supplier the bill. Instead, contact your supplier and find out the exact process in a labour claim.