Are New Car Parts Really Better than Used Car Parts

Performance Car PartsIn the current uncertain climate due to Brexit, car sales have taken a dip with owners waiting to see if there is any major impact once the UK finally leaves Europe.

As a result, more and more people are making improvements to their vehicles by replacing their car parts rather than the vehicle itself.  Some car owners are also tempted to replace old or worn parts with used or recycled ones, of which there is now a huge choice available.

Guidelines for buying used and new parts

Before deciding whether to improve your vehicle with a new car part or a used one, it’s worth considering some of the guidelines that the team at FMP has come up with:

#1 Know which car part you need: there’s nothing worse than ordering in a car part only to find it’s the wrong one when you get it home. It’s best to take the car part with you to the motor factor outlet and if they don’t have one in stock, then order the correct part.

#2 Don’t pretend that you know what you are talking about.  Companies who buy and sell new and used parts deal with novices every day and are more than happy to give you advice and guidance.

#3 If you are having trouble finding the car part you need from local shops, then don’t be afraid to search online. That’s fine if it’s a new part as it can be returned if it doesn’t fit but that won’t be the case for second hand part which are usually not returnable.

Used Car Parts that Can Be Used if in Good Condition

The following car parts can be replaced with used ones but should always be checked for normal wear and tear before they can be reused.  If you are in doubt, then it is advisable to get it checked by a professional mechanic first:

air box, body panels, body parts, bumpers, carburettors, coolant reservoir, cooling fan, door lock actuators, exhaust heat shield, exhaust manifold, exhaust pipes, fuel tank gas cap, grill, hub caps, intake manifold, interior trim, jack, lug nuts, oil pan, power window motor, pulleys, rear view mirrors, seats, steering wheel, stereo system, sunroof motor, tail lights, throttle body, tie rods, turn signal lenses, vacuum lines, vacuum reservoir, valve cover, wheels, window glass, windows, windshield washer pump, wiper arm.

Car Parts that can be Reconditioned and usually Reused

Another option for replacing faulty car parts is to buy reconditioned ones.  These can include: a/c compressor, a/c condenser, ABS CPU, ABS sensors, alternator, axle shafts, brake drums, camshaft, clutch master cylinder, coil packs, cooling fan, electric, CPU, CV joints, cylinder heads, dashboard gauges, distributor, engine block, engine mounts, flywheel, fuel injection unit, fuel injector, fuel pump, intercooler, master cylinder, oil cooler, oil lines, oil pump, pistons, power locks, power steering pump, power window switch, pressure plate, radiator, spare tyre rim, steering rack, sunroof cables, suspension springs, timing chain, transmission, turbocharger

Car Parts that Should Never be Replaced with Used Ones

The following is a list of car parts that should never be replaced with reused ones: air bags, air filter, airbag sensors, ball joints, battery, bearings, brake discs/rotors, brake light switch, brake pads, brake shoes, catalytic converter, clutch disc, cooling fan switch, cylinder sleeves, distributor cap, distributor cap, engine bearings, fuel lines, fuses, gaskets, head studs, headlights, ignition coil, ignition condenser, ignition points, MAF, muffler, muffler hangers, oil filter, oil pressure switches sensors, piston rings, radiator hoses, rotor, shifter bushings, shock absorbers, spark plug wires, spark plugs, strut bearings, strut inserts, thermostat, timing belt, timing chain, tyres, valves, voltage regulator, water pump, water pump, wheel bearings, wheel cylinders.

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