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Buying Parts For Your New Car

Inspect the car, does it need parts? Making money is in trying to fix as much as possible and not having to buy the parts.

Bondo is the word. Ok alot of people don't like the idea of bondo, but it does the job and is pretty effective, nobody that buys the car will ever know the difference...unless of course you apply a gallon of bondo to a quarter panel. Use it wisely, but don't be affraid to use it.

Buying aftermarket body parts instead of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts is almost allways the way to go. Most body parts for most cars are available in aftermarket version.

www.partstrain.com is a good aftermarket parts supplier. Also check out your Yellow Pages Directory for a local supplier.

After market parts can be 50% to 70% cheaper than OEM.

Parts usually available aftermarket:

Hoods, Fenders, Bumper Covers and Reinforcements, Headlights, Taillights, Door skins, Windshields, Radiators, A/C Condencers, Spoilers and other.

If aftermarket part are nor available or you need parts that are other then body parts, used is the answer. Usually you can find almost anything at the used auto parts yards. The prices are always right, and most of the time negotiable. There is also a version of a used auto parts yards where you can go and pull the parts yourself. They usually have a fixed price for a part ( a price for a starter off a 1975 Ford and a 1998 Honda would cost the same, almost always cheaper then the full service auto parts yards' prices ).

Here is a great place to start looking for some used parts, CarPart (www.car-part.com). They have a searchable database where you can search by location, so it'll pull out the inventory lists from the yards near your location or nationwide for rare parts. Very good site.

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Updated May 8, 2004