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Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Better Way to Buy Car Parts

If you like to do some of your own auto work you are not alone. Many men and some women find it therapeutic and of course a good way to save money on repairs. Not long ago, you were limited on sources for your parts, but that has all changed thanks to the World Wide Web.

Thanks to places like Amazon-dot-com, you can find many parts for your car, and at cheaper prices. In fact, you can often locate the exact same part and manufacturer online, and at a substantial savings.
Here is a good example. A few years ago my husband replaced the intake manifold on a 1999 Grand Marquis. After he checked locally he found the same intake on Amazon for close to one hundred dollars less. That is more than a substantial savings, that is a huge discount.
Many of the parts you find online come with free shipping. You do not have to make a trip to the local auto parts store, and hope they have what you need in stock. Returns take a few days, but places like Amazon stand behind the products that they sell. For example, when the new radiator on our 99 Grand Marquis developed a leak, it was after the warranty period. However, my husband contacted Amazon and they were more than happy to ship him another radiator if he sent the broken one back.

There are a few downsides to buying your car parts online. The most glaring disadvantage is the time element. You may need to wait a few days or even a week to get your parts. Of course you can opt for super fast shipping but that will cut into your discount a great deal. Yet, if you can wait, you can often save a lot of money.
You may ask why I am writing this article. First, I enjoy sharing helpful tips with people, and yes I am an Amazon affiliate. I will receive ten percent on many of the orders that people place by clicking on my ads and links. However, if you can save a lot of money and I can make a little money, I see that as a "win win" situation.

I am enclosing an easy to use auto part search box at the end of this article. This will help you find what you need. Happy shopping and enjoy your newfound savings.

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