Finding Rare or Hard-to-Find Car Parts: Tips and Tricks for Locating Speciality Items

Car Parts

Keeping your vehicle on the road often requires replacing parts that wear down over time or are damaged in an accident. But what happens when the car parts needed are past the production date or far from ordinary? Locating rare or hard-to-find car parts can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, there are a few ways to find these elusive car parts.


Today, the specialists in hard-to-find car parts at A.S.A.P. Spares will briefly investigate how to source these spares for specific makes and models.


Tips and Tricks to Find Speciality Car Parts


  1. Embrace the power of specialisation

Many brand-approved aftermarket and used auto spare scrapyards cater to a broad range of vehicles. While this might be convenient for common parts, it can leave you stranded when searching for something specific. That said, speciality car parts yards focus on particular car makes, models or eras. Their niche focus means that they possess a deeper understanding of those vehicles and a higher likelihood of stocking the hard-to-find parts you need.


  1. Leverage the online marketplace

The internet has become a go-to space for auto part hunters. Online retail sites often have a broader selection than local stores, making it easier to track down rarities. Dedicated online forums, clubs and communities for specific car models can also be goldmines. These communities are filled with enthusiasts who share knowledge, advice and even leads on parts sellers.


  1. The exclusivity of part numbers

Every car part typically has a unique part number assigned by the manufacturer. This number acts as your code breaker to source your required part. By searching online using the part number, you can broaden your reach and potentially find the part at a scrapyard, speciality supplier or even a private seller.


Shop for the Obscure at A.S.A.P. Spares


At A.S.A.P. Spares, we understand the frustration of hunting for these elusive spare parts. This is why we specialise in supplying used and new, brand-approved aftermarket car parts for a range of difficult-to-find French and German vehicle spares, including popular brands like Opel, Peugeot, Renault and Citroen. But these European gems are not all we have expertise in, we also stock parts for selected Chevrolet and Suzuki models.


Our Expertise in Hard-to-Car Parts


Our passion lies in unearthing those hard-to-find spares that leave other stores scratching their heads. Whether you need a replacement steering column and attachments for your precious Peugeot, a five-speed gearbox for your sporty Opel, electronic components like frequently-worn window switches or seemingly difficult-to-find pristine dashboard panels that are not sun damaged, our trusted network of suppliers allows us to source an impressive range of parts.


The Secret Lies in the A.S.A.P. Advantage


Our procurement process is key to our ongoing success. We only purchase scrapped vehicles from carefully selected auction houses, insurance agencies and meticulously chosen private sellers. However, this is only one key on our keyring. Exceeding our diverse and niche inventory, our commitment to continued service excellence is what retains our growing client base. We offer:


  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff – our welcoming sales and support team possesses a deep understanding of all our speciality brand spares, allowing us to assist you in finding the perfect fit. However, if we don’t have it, we will try to source it for you.
  • Competitive prices – we are nationally renowned for offering competitive, affordable prices on all our parts. Used and aftermarket alike.
  • Organised office and yard – our facilities are always neat and organised. This allows you the opportunity to browse for that elusive part at your leisure.


Don’t Let a Missing Part Stall Your Journey


At A.S.A.P. Spares, we have been passionate about helping our customers find those elusive car parts for over two decades. Since 2001, we have been here to assist you. So, when the ordinary just will not do, contact us or pop into our premises in Hermanstad, Pretoria West and let us help you rediscover the joy of the road!