Finding quality used vehicle parts is difficult?

Finding quality used vehicle parts can be difficult for many reasons.

Here are a few points which may help you understand the process  before you are able to lay your hands on ‘that part’ from a  Dismantler’s yard.

  1. Vehicles which are suitable for recycling are generally sourced from Insurance companies who write them off following accidental damage, and in some cases older vehicles which don’t pass their NCT are sold to Dismantlers by individuals and Motor Dealers for the purpose of recycling.
  2. When a vehicle is bought by a Dismantler it may have crash damage on a portion of it therefore the area of the vehicle which is damaged does not yield up any parts for resale.
  3. The vehicle may have had flood-water damage and the Dismantler may not know whether the engine is working or not.
  4. The dismantler decides depending on the age of the vehicle and his knowledge of the business which parts to remove.
  5. The saleable parts are then shelved awaiting a call from customers who need them.
  6. It costs money in terms of time to remove parts, so the Dismantler only removes  parts which sell quickly.
  7. The remaining shell of the vehicle is left whole in the yard for a period of time in the hope that some parts might be sold from it, without going to  the expense of removing slow moving parts, which may not sell.
  8. The Dismantler decides when the time is right to bale up the shell and sell it for smelting all over again for new steel.

This is complex business and in general the customer has to do the leg work in searching for parts which may include:

  1. Looking at Websites where Dismantlers have uploaded the cars which are being dismantled by them. This information is sometimes out of date as the dismantler has to update the site regularly. This is not always doneThe customer must then contact the Dismantler to see if the part is still available, sometimes it is already sold.
  2. Contacting a number of Dismantlers by phone, asking them do they have the particular part which they are looking for? Invariably this leads to another phone call between the parties after the Dismantler has checked his stock for availability.
  3. Emailing directly to Dismantlers websites with a request for the part. This only works if the Dismantler sees and opens the email, but sometimes they do not. Dismantlers will only respond if they in fact have the part, this can be hit and miss.
  4. Using third party Websites who send out alerts to their members for parts needed. You are not guaranteed any answer from this system, as only if some Dismantler responds positively does the information get returned to you.
  5. Calling into Dismantlers yards on spec and asking if they have the part you are looking for. This is very time consuming as you may call to a yard or yards which doesn’t have the part, so you have wasted your time. 

Generally the same parts are being requested for the same Makes and Models from Dismantlers most all of the time. This means popular items are always in short supply!

What to do?

  1. Get as many Dismantlers as possible to see your request  as soon as possible! This will enhance your chances of finding the correct part.
  2. Give the Dismantler good information about what exactly you want, with proper description, engine code  and part numbers where possible.
  3. If you have difficulty in describing the part  send a photograph of the part ‘A picture speaks a thousand words’
  4. Try not to request very small items of low value,Eg. nuts, small rubbers and wear and tear items as it will cost the Dismantler more to find the part than they can charge you for it. They will probably not reply in these cases.
  5. When you get a reply or replies from Dismantlers, contact them right away to buy it,  its ‘first come first served’  in Dismantler yards.
  6. Discuss the age and condition of the car which the part has being salvaged from with the Dismantler. In the case of engines, gearboxes or drive train, if the vehicle had low mileage it is always the best buy.
  7. Agree price, warranty, delivery and  return policy with the seller before agreeing the deal and parting with your money.
  8. Dont waste the Dismantler’s time as they are very busy. Normally 7 out of 10 calls they take daily are for parts they don’t have in stock.

www.ifindparts.com can help you!

Having been in the Motor Industry all my life I understand the problems both Customer and Dismantler have in finding parts. So I set up www.ifindparts.com  This system will help you find the parts you require through the use  of modern technology as it ‘connects those who want with those who have’ In essence it takes the hassle out of finding quality used parts in 3 simple steps.

  1. Enter your Registration Number: (the system will get exact details of your car including, Engine code, Car Colour, Make and Model etc.)
  2. Choose your part or parts from the dropdown menu, add a description and photograph if you think it would help the Dismantler to identify the correct part for you
  3. Your request will be sent to all the Dismantlers who work with www.ifindparts.com There is a guaranteed response by email and text within 1 hour.

Dont go to the trouble of calling or emailing Dismantlers on spec: USE  www.ifindparts.com  Save yourself Time and Money

 

 

 

Save Time and Money – Use quality recycled parts

Why should you consider using used parts when repairing your car?

The real reason why people consider using ‘Recycled used parts’ is mainly because of the enormous value which you can get if you really know where to look and who to buy from. The average saving between using a new part purchased from a Main dealer and sourcing one in a Dismantler’s yard is about 80 to 85%, depending on what the part is required and where you decide to buy it.

The problem with non trade people using a Dismantler’s, Breaker’s yard to source any part is that they don’t always  know exactly what they are looking for or how to describe it to the ‘Man in the Yard’  and car models change all the time even within the same Registration year.

Here are  few tips which may help you with your search for quality used vehicle parts:

  • Know what you need for your car. Dismantlers don’t like when people call them without their facts. It wastes both your time and their time.
  • Get your mechanic to write down exactly what you require to repair your car, explaining how to describe and discuss it accurately with the ‘Man in the Yard’……….. The vehicle Dismantler.
  • Before you start phoning any of the yards ‘ad hoc’, find an a GOOD Website on-line who can do the searching for you. This will save you a huge amount of time making phone calls looking for parts which may not be in stock in the yards which you choose to call.
  • Try and find a website which has the facility to allow you input your Registration No at the start of the search. ifindparts.com . This function will display the accurate Make, Model and Engine Code to the Dismantler who needs this correct information to pick your part/s.
  • Describe exactly what you are looking for in the space provided on the site. The more description you give the more chance you have of locating the correct part, first time every time.
  •  Attach a photograph to the request if possible. A picture speaks a thousand words! This option will be available on good Websites who operate in this space.
  • Wait a while and see who replies to your request. If you get some replies then call them to discuss the Price, condition, and terms of sale.
  • You may find that some Dismantlers will reply with a price already attached, but you should always call them to discuss the terms and conditions of sale, before deciding who to buy from.
  • Always ask the Dismantler to agree that if the part is faulty or incorrect, you can return it and get your money back.
  • If possible try to buy from a Dismantler closest to where you live as it is easier to bring the part back if something goes wrong with it.
  • Dismantlers are very knowledgeable about vehicle parts and they may be able to advise you about some alternative part which could be used.
  • Don’t’ buy any ‘wear and tear items’ from dismantlers E.G brake pads, clutch discs, brake hoses etc. These parts should always be purchased new, either from a Main dealer or spurious from a Motor Factor.
  • If you cannot find your part today…try again tomorrow as Dismantlers stocks are constantly changing.

Buying good quality used vehicle parts  is good for our environment and good for your pocket too. It keeps lots of people gainfully employed in the recycling business and

Save Money and be safe!

Driving properly and keeping you car serviced will save you money and keep you safe. Consider the following points. 

  •  Aggressive driving: Increases tyre wear, is harder on your car which in turn will lead to replacing tyres and parts earlier than normal.
  • Driving at speed: Increases tyre wear, uses considerably  more fuel. Keep within the speed limit – it is cheaper and  safer!
  • Weight: Only carry what you need  in your car. Extra weight uses more fuel and is harder on tyres. If you don’t need it, leave it at home.
  • Tyre Pressure: Over inflation  or under inflation increase tyre wear. Tyres are costly so keep your tyres at the correct pressure. Check them approximately every two weeks when they are cold using a good pressure gauge.
  • Wheel Alignment.  Incorrect wheel alignment causes your tyres to wear unevenly. Have the alignment checked regularly. It saves you money.

You could expect a  front-wheel-drive car to do  minimum of 20,000 miles for front tyres, and double that for those on the rear. Keeping them rotated is the best way to get the most out of them.  For better and more even wear, move them diagonally between front and rear: i.e. R.H front to L.H rear. L.H front to R.H. rear. This should normally be done if you get your car serviced by a Garage or a mechanic, but keep an eye out that it is done.

In Ireland the legal minimum limit for tyre tread depth is 1.6mm.

Tyre performance, particularly in wet weather gets worse as the thread wears down and can be very dangerous leading to accidents. The greater the wear on your tyres the worse their grip will be in wet weather.  Thread depth should be checked more frequently once it reaches 3mm.  Tyres should be replaced before their thread depth wears below 2mm.  This is especially important when heading into the autumn and winter months.

Regular self checking your car will save you money as you will spot changes as they appear which in turn allows you to take it to the Garage in time.

There is an abundance of good used parts to be found if you need some replacements. On average a good used part will cost 80% less than a new one.

So when you are told that you need a new part check and see if you can source it from a good Car Breaker it is definitely the cheaper option.

Some parts which you should think about before deciding to buy secondhand:

  1. Brakes: Pads should always be new and you should buy the best quality that you can afford!
  2. Shocks:  Normally you should invest in new shocks. They are important for comfort and  play an essential role in stopping your car properly when braking, however your Mechanic will know if a used shock is worth the effort in fitting it.
  3. Clutch: Changing a clutch can be an expensive repair so  be careful if using a secondhand one, weigh up the costs before deciding.
  4. Bearings: These are parts that wear over time so it is probably not advisable to replace them with something that’s already half worn.
  5. Batteries: New batteries will come with a warranty and will sometimes work out cheaper than buying 2ndhand.
  6. Tyres: Partly worn tyres may appear to be cheaper, but look closely at the amount of tread mm you get for your money. New tyres will have 8 mm of tread. So weigh up how much tread you are getting. Always check if the tyre has any lumps or bumps on it, if so don’t buy.
  7. Air Filter: Is not an expensive part, so always buy new. A clean filter makes you car more fuel efficient, and will save you money on fuel.

Get into the habit of checking your car over every week. It will save you from breaking down and costing you money. A few tips:

Lights: Keep your indicators and headlamps clean and ensure all bulbs are  working properly. Be able to see, and be seen.

Fuel: Stay out of the red, always have a good amount of fuel in your tank. If it runs out while driving,  it may suck up some dirt from the tank which will cause even more trouble and expense for you. Not to mention the hassle.

Windscreen water:  Make sure the windscreen water reservoir is filled up and put some wash aid into it. It is very annoying if you are driving and cannot wash your screen. It can also be dangerous as your view could be severely restricted with a dirty windscreen.

Engine water/Coolant:Visually inspect and top up the reservoir if needed to ensure it is up to the correct mark.  If the coolant runs out you will severely damage your engine, which is a very costly business.

Oil: Check levels when cold and while the car is on level ground. Top up if necessary. Keep an eye out for leaks on the ground underneath the car.

Electrics : If any warning lights appear, check your drivers handbook if you don’t what they mean. If they are red and staying on don’t move!

Windscreen and Wipers: Clean them regularly, it helps you see out. Put some additive into your screen wash solution, it prevents smearing.

Tyres – Make sure to check tyre treads and walls for excessive wear and damage.

In Summary, care for your car and you will reap the rewards financially and from a safety viewpoint.

 

 

Servicing your car

After all my years in the motor business, I still find one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How often should I service my car” and where ?

From my experience I suggest that vehicles should be serviced in-line with its manufacturer’s recommendations as specified in the manual. These vary considerably, but a fair guide is that it requires a comprehensive inspection every ten-thousand miles or twelve months. Most modern cars now have service indicator lights which come on when your are approaching the time for a service.

There are two options available to you:

 Authorised service dealer.

  • In the main they will have most of the parts required in stock
  • Will typically be more expensive as they use OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts only.
  • If you have always used them, your car will have a history of being serviced at their garage and this may increase its value when the time comes around to upgrade it.
  • While under warranty the dealer would do any updates which need to be carried out as they would check for these while carrying out routine servicing.

Independent Service dealer

  • Tend to be less expensive as their overheads are lower.
  • There are more of them, so there is a good chance that there will be one local to where you live.
  • Have a wider variety of parts available as there is no restriction on the parts which they can use i.e. new OEM parts, spurious parts, second-hand OEM parts.
  • Tend to have more flexibility with their opening hours and will generally be available after hours if you get into trouble.

If you are unsure about when to service, a good qualified mechanic will always advise you and will be able to ascertain what needs to be done by carrying out a brief inspection

It is always advisable to ask for a quote before any work is undertaken by a mechanic or garage or dealer.

It is also important to recognize that a car might reach a point when – despite the numerous advantages – the cost of servicing is to high in relation to its condition and life expectancy.

Benefits of servicing your car

What Are The Benefits Of Servicing A Car?

There are numerous reasons to service a car.

  • The first is to ensure that you are driving a safe vehicle which will maintain its value.  When selling or trading in , your car value can plummet  if the service history is missing or incomplete.  Why? Because a fully-stamped service book suggests a vehicle has been cared for and that the mileage reading is correct.  Always ask your mechanic or garage to stamp and sign your vehicle service booklet after each service.
  • Servicing keeps a car reliable as the mechanic can spot minor issues before they become major problems, this will save you money in the long-term. He/she can ensure, for example, that the battery has enough power to reliably start the engine. If not, it can be replaced before it leads to a breakdown on a cold rainy morning. For example the  mechanic might also find a minor oil leak from the transmission/gearbox that could be fixed before the oil runs out of the system which would cause expensive components to fail outright. Finding this kind of problem early tends to save money long term.
  • Safety  is probably the most important consideration as servicing your car regularly will highlight hazards such as tracking faults which in turn lead to uneven tyre wear which may lead to an accident when trying to stop your car. Most of all there is a feel good factor in driving properly maintained vehicle, it’s nice to use! The engine runs more smoothly giving the proper power output, your handbrake cable is tight which makes you feel more secure while taking off on a hill or parking your car, there are fewer or no rattles, which always makes you feel that your car is going better.

Always use a qualified  mechanic to carry out your servicing needs. To use the old saying ‘ A Stitch in Time Saves Nine’