The Benefits of Buying Used Car Parts and What you Need to Know

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When you find that your vehicle is in need of repair, the inevitable decision and choice can be whether or not to buy a brand new replacement part, or whether to purchase a second hand used car part. Apart from the obvious cost implication of buying a part brand new, there are other pros and cons for each choice, so let us look below at the considerations you face.

Is it okay to use Spare used Parts

Certainly one of the first questions I always get asked, is if used spare parts are a genuine option. Considering the quite considerable cost saving of used parts, the benefit is clear, but are these parts safe to use and worth the financial saving? Certainly one of the keys when buying spare car parts is to ensure that you use a reputable parts supplier, such as, i.e. a company who are established and only supply good quality and standard parts for re-sale. Buy intelligently and carefully and you will find that there is really no need to buy brand new parts in the majority of cases.

How are these Parts Acquired for Re-Sale

I have often been asked how a company such as get these parts in the first place. For transparency let me explain. We also deal with the disposal of end-of-life vehicles and thus in return for scrapping your vehicle (and in line with the full UK regulations on car scrappage, such as to ensure that all liquids and metals are fully disposed of to meet legal guidelines), we take the re-usable parts and pay you the owner of the car to be scrapped, for the used parts we retrieve from the vehicle. These used car parts we then re-sell.  The important and vital role we also play in this process is:

  • Full documentation of the scrappage process so that you have full documentation for the DVLC of the correct disposal of you vehicle
  • We check and test all used car parts before re-sale

I have heard that a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is needed. What is a VIN?

That is a good question given that it is an important part of ensuring that you get the correct part you need. The Vehicle Identification Number identifies the car model, make and year and is engraved on the vehicle chassis and/or found on a plate/label located somewhere on the Vehicle.

This in-fact does not ensure you get the correct part, the only way to be 100% sure you receive the correct part is to find the part number on the part you are replacing and find the replacement part with the exact part number. You have already seen in our parts guides (such as on the window regulator page), where to find the part number. The part number is in a specific place on each part and our Parts Guide Pages show you exactly where to find the Part Number!

If there is a part you cannot find the Part Number for, let us know!

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Sample of where to find the parts number on a window regulator

Parts Availability

An added advantage other than cost, of used car parts is availability. You can often find, when searching on Ebay or when contacting a company such as directly, that you can find parts which are readily available as used parts, and which are problematic otherwise to find new.

Ecology and Protecting the Environment

Apart from the financial and availability considerations, if you’re interested in recycling and environment, the re-use of car parts is perhaps an important consideration. The majority of parts which could otherwise be used are not. It is said in fact that over 75% of parts which could recycled instead end up being thrown away. From an environmental point of view this is quite a significant issue and as a car owner and someone who cares about the environment (if you do), using recycled rather than new parts is a powerful way to make a statement on green matters, in addition to saving on the cost of maintaining your vehicle.

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