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6 Used Car Parts That Are Safe to Buy

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August 13, 2016 · 2.2k Views

It is sometimes tempting to look for ways to cut costs in just about everything we do and buy.  We make small but useful changes. We eat out less often, we buy store brand or generic products, and we try to use online coupons for our Amazon purchases. We're always looking out to save a few dimes or dollars in our wallets.  When it comes to more costly purchases like cars or SUVs, it is sometimes difficult to find ways to cut corners. Auto insurance and gas take up a lot of your monthly budget and really leave little room for budget cuts. The occasional car repair can also take up a lot of money, but a savvy car owner knows a thing or two about saving extra money with used car parts. The only catch is that not all  used car parts are safe enough to use for repair and replacement. Read on to find out more about which used car parts are okay for use.


  1. Used and Spare Tires. A set of new tires can set up back a couple of hundred dollars, but purchasing a full sized spare tire can save you about half the cost. Unfortunately, spare tires are no longer easy to come by as many auto manufacturers are looking for ways to save cost and space with new vehicles. So where can you find extra tires? Some tire stores will sell donuts, gently used tires,  and spares. If you'd rather look online, you can check on eBay, Jiffy Lube, Walmart, and other online auto part shops.
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    Source: A-1 Tires and More
  2. Windows. If you're in the market for a new car window to replace a break or large crack, you don't have to shell out a lot of dough to get it replaced with a brand new window. Although it is tempting to take it to an auto-shop and have it replaced by a professional, it may not fit your budget. It may be smarter and cost-efficient to purchase a used window and do-it-yourself. If you're purchasing a used car window, you will have to search for the specific window that match's your car's make and model.

  3. Transmissions. A car's transmission is the key to the vehicle's operation. Most cars have either one of the two transmission types: manual or automatic. There is also a growing number of cars with dual-clutch transmissions which enable drivers to use something similar to manual transmissions with the benefits of computer controls. You can purchase an old transmission made for your car's make and model to save a lot of money.
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    Source: Digital Trends
  4. Power Locks. Don't be locked out of your car even if you don't want to spend the money on new replacement locks. Next time your lock's switch or solenoids wear out after long-term use, purchase a used power lock replacement instead. Some online stores like AutoGator sell used power locks for both cars and trucks that come with a warranty.

    Source: Allegro
  5. Interior Parts and Furnishings. You don't need to replace worn out and destroyed car interior furnishings with brand new replacements. Car owners can easily replace many of the interior parts including the steering wheel, floor mat, and car seat. Although you shouldn't expect the used replacements to look as good as new, it is possible to find ones that match your vehicle's current condition.
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    Source: Teucy
  6. Wheel Rims. Has your old wheel rim worn out or would you like to change the style of your current rim? You can replace it with a used rim and save a lot of money. A good place to start looking for used rims is to scout local junkyards and reputable auto part stores.

    Source: Six Robblees' Inc.

Your car is one of the most important items you will own, and much of the money spent investing in the care and operation is well worth it. That said, there is no need to spend more money than you have to when there are viable alternatives that won't cost a small fortune. Now you can save money for the things that really matter.  It should be noted that not every car or truck part can be replaced with pre-owned versions. Some things you should never buy used include airbags, batteries, brake accessories, engine bearings, mufflers, and oil filters. When you are shopping for used auto parts, always take your time to do some research. Find out which products are available and what are the best buys. Try to avoid buying from an individual that you don't trust and never buy something that you're unsure about.


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Anna Peel is a freelance writer from Savannah, Georgia. She's written for many websites including CheapToday, ValueWalk, and Peku Publications. When she isn't writing, she is shopping for the best deals online and at bricks-and-mortar stores.

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