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How to find cheap car parts

Nowadays most of us are looking more and more into buying cheap, used cars. These, of course, usually come with all the problems associated with cheap, used cars. As we know, taking a car to a mechanic to get it fixed is costly, and that’s why we turn to expensive repair manuals. Then, having these repair manuals and now ready to fix our car’s problems, we see the need for cheap, but still functioning, auto parts. We use these to replace the malfunctioning or broken parts on our cars, and they usually come with a higher price than we expect or are willing to pay. So should we pay?

NO! Not if you know where to look.

One of the first things that come to our minds is where to buy used parts?
The answer. Junkyards.

But is it too hard to find junkyards around these days? NO! For the most part, the modern-day “junkyard” has been turned into a Self Service Auto Parts venue. They are available in most US states under a variety of different names. With a small entry fee, you gain access to their whole stock of “junk” cars. Once inside, you can find anything from complete engines to used tires and brake pads, anything that is a part of the car. Another thing to remember before entering the Auto Parts Yard, is to always ask the cashier whether they have your specific year, make, and/or model of car. Often, they will point you in the right direction or even give you a list of all the cars they have that match a certain part you are looking for.

All you need is a tool box containing all the necessary tools, and some basic skills in opening or removing various sections of a car. Most parts come under $5 a piece or pair.

Bottom line. Take a look around your city or state, and it will be well worth it!

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