Here are three hacks to come out on top while shopping for auto parts:
1.Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
The first step when shopping for vehicle auto parts is locating the vehicle identification number (VIN). This number usually contains a combination of letters and numbers, and in some cases will be 15 digits in length. The vehicle identification number can be found in three different places, two of those places are found on the car. A sticker with the (VIN) number is found on the inside of the drivers door usually near the top area, and also above the drivers side windshield.
However, just incase you are not able to locate the (VIN) in those two areas, there is hope. It can also be found on your title vehicle registration or updated insurance card. It is beneficial to have a copy of both documents in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Finding the (VIN) is very important and will help facilitate the next step in shopping for auto parts correctly.
2. Auto Parts Classifications
The first question a consumer may ask themselves is will this purchase fit into the financial budget? Therefore, it is imperative to first educate oneself on how auto parts are classified. Auto parts made by major car producers is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and is used on newer models. The (OEM) is the original part that was built by the company and was originally made for the car company. Those auto parts that are made by independent manufacturers, meant to replace the original (OEM) parts at lower cost sometimes of lower quality are called aftermarket parts. Performance parts are aftermarket parts designed to improve vehicle performance. Lastly, there are used auto parts which are purchased for older vehicles with high mileage. Figuring out what is going to meet your needs will come natural as you begin to understand how auto parts are classified.
The bottom line is are you willing to pay extra money just for the logo to appear on the box in the which the part comes in? This can be misleading to those consumers that are not informed on auto parts classification. Or will you pay for an aftermarket auto part that can perform the same and in some cases better. This decision is crucial and critical, especially because it is dealing with money either being blindly wasted or budget friendly saved. You got to know your stuff!
3. Auto Parts Locator
If you happen to be in a position where you are not able to find an auto part or having a hard time purchasing the right product that meets your needs, an auto part locator is a great resource to use. Auto part locators is a popular and professional service. It is a person or group of people that strategically locates old and new auto parts for both businesses and individuals. Feeling incapable or unwilling to locate sometimes hard to find parts or assemblies, is where an auto parts locator comes to the rescue. Once the auto part is located though a vendor the locator service will distribute that auto part to its destination.
So after reading this blog I hope you have gained some insight and knowledge on how to shop successfully for auto parts.