Many car owners shop for second hand car parts in order to save money; those used parts are typically a fraction of the cost of new parts, and yet they may still have years of life left in them. While saving money can be the most important factor to consider when it comes to buying used parts, there are many other reasons to consider purchasing from salvage yards and other places that stock used parts. Note a few of those reasons here.
1. You keep parts out of landfills
Auto parts are very damaging to the environment, as they take years to break down and often release pollutants as they do. They also contain oils and other fluids that contaminate groundwater and soil, and this, too, is very damaging to the environment. However, when you buy used car parts, you are keeping them out of landfills.
Not only does this keep those contaminants and pollutants from getting into the groundwater and soil, but also it means that landfills are less full; you help to free up space for things that cannot be recycled when you keep used parts out of those landfills. In turn, there is less need to dig new landfills. When you buy used car parts you are then protecting the environment in a number of ways. For those who are environmentally conscious, this can be the best choice.
2. You create jobs
Finding cars to salvage and then stripping them of used parts that are still useable, and repairing parts as needed, is a very labor-intensive industry. By buying used car parts, especially those from salvage yards, you are helping to keep that industry active. When you buy from auto parts stores that purchase their used parts from salvage yards, you are also helping to keep these small shops in business. This too helps your local economy, as stripping cars is not a job that can easily be outsourced to another area.
3. You help keep the price of new parts low
When dealers have competition for car parts from salvage yards and other used parts suppliers, they know they need to keep the price of their new parts low. If they overprice their items, they will see more and more customers turn to those lower-priced used parts. In turn, when you personally cannot find a used part or need a new part for any reason, you know you'll be getting the best price on that new part from your dealer.
I've always driven used cars, and when I first started driving, I made some costly decisions and bought a couple of cars that just weren't worth the money I spent on them. I knew I needed to learn how to inspect a car's engine and how to spot warning signs when I was buying a used car, so I started reading everything I could find on the topic, including basic car mechanics and maintenance. I started this blog to share what I've learned over the years, and I hope my tips will prevent other new drivers buying used cars that will drain their wallet and sap the enjoyment out of driving. I hope you find my posts informative and useful.