In this tough economic climate it is always tempting to ignore that strange noise that you car is making. Does it need some expensive car parts that is either hard to find or expensive? This is not always the case and while buying parts can be expensive there are instances in which you can use a used part or recycled part.

Before buying used parts for your car here are a few simple tips to follow:

– Know the car part you need: There is nothing worse then ordering in a car part and it doesn’t fit. Take the car part with you to the store. Don’t be surprised though if it has to be special ordered.

– Don’t be afraid to look like a novice: Those who buy and sell used parts deal with beginners everyday. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the car part you are ordering.

– If you are having trouble finding the car part you need don’t be afraid to go to a local swap meet, wreckers or search online. Be aware, however, that when buying second hand the part is not always be returnable.

The next question you should be asking yourself when it comes to car parts is which car parts are OK to be reused and which should be bought new. Here is a simple guide for you to follow:

WHAT ARE OK TO USE IF IN GOOD CONDITION

These items must be checked for normal wear and tear before reusing. If you are in doubt have it checked by a professional: air box, body panels, body parts, bumpers, carburetors (to rebuild), cigarette lighter, coolant reservoir, cooling fan, belt driven, 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.

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WHAT CAN BE RECONDITIONED AND USUALLY REUSED

Another option for replacing car parts is to buy reconditioned parts. Here is a list of a few parts that are usually OK once reconditioned: 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

THAT SHOULD NEVER BE REUSED

The following is a list of car parts that should not be reused: 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.

When buying new or used car parts buy from a reputable dealer and let common sense guide you.

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