Second Hand Car Parts: When Money Matters

In recent years the stress levels of the average South African family – more specifically those responsible for all the money matters – have risen. The unstable economy gives rise to rollercoaster prices which seem to peak more than they dip. Unemployment figures are high – it’s hard to find a job, and equally hard to keep it. Savvy individuals looking to put some money away for those uncertain times rely on second hand car parts to help them save… or earn.

Saving with Second Hand Parts

Saving with used auto parts isn’t hard. Simply approach a second-hand dealer and you’ll be assured that the part you are purchasing will cost less than its OEM (original equipment manufacturer) counterpart. However in terms of used parts, it might still be rather expensive. The secret lies in finding a reseller which not only provides affordable car parts, but used parts that are still usable.

The best way to achieve this goal is to pick up the phone and to get quotes for new parts, and then to get quotes from various used parts retailers. Comparing the lowest OEM prices with the average used parts amount (not the highest nor the lowest) will give you an indication of what you can expect to pay.

Aside from price, one of the most important factors to take into account is the make of the part you want to purchase. Vehicles equipped with second hand parts of the same make will be subject to less wear and tear on said used part and surrounding car parts since it was designed specifically for said vehicle. As such the next line of enquiry will be to enquire about the make of the part you wish to purchase, which should narrow your list considerably.

The most challenging aspect of buying used parts is ensuring that they’re still in usable condition. This means checking for hair-fine cracks (use a magnifying glass) and that the thread of screw-in parts isn’t worn. Best practice guidelines suggest, however, that it’s best to take a knowledgeable friend along to do the inspection prior to the conclusion of the transaction.

Commonly purchased used parts include, but are not limited to, spark plugs, belts, alternators, fuel pumps, water pumps, fuses, shocks, exhausts, alternators, transmissions, etc.

Earning with Second Hand Parts

While it may be possible to sell your old ‘tjorra’ to a scrap yard for a few rand, chances are that you may earn more by selling the parts to a used parts retailer. This ensures that others with the same vehicle make and model as the one standing in your back yard or garage gets a fit closest to the vehicle they rely on day in and day out. This also provides you with some ready cash which can be put away for one of those rainy days when money is most needed.

Whether you’re buying or selling second hand parts, there’s money to be made or saved. Until the economy shapes up, unemployment falls and salaries increase, this may be one of the best ways to look after your bank balance without sacrificing the comfort your vehicle provides.