Auto parts shopping is a challenge every car owner should face. Initially, it seems like a reasonably easy task. It is — if you think shopping for parts involves mindlessly picking out products without checking. But if you wish to be smarter than the dealer, it pays to know what you are working with.
Research Always Pays Off
Before you make any purchase, it helps to know about what you are looking for. Impulse buying is real but you are likely to regret it in the end. Remember, you are buying auto parts, not clothes. You cannot easily exchange these as you wish.
Use the Internet to find suppliers specialising in Honda, Toyota or Nissan Parts. Auckland is home to a number of shops that hold particular spare parts you might need. Also, pay attention to their estimated delivery times, especially those delivering from overseas.
Bargain Persistently but Politely
Some auto parts are open for bargains. Rather than shy away from haggling, it is best to test your bargaining skills and achieve the price you wish.
Before you do bargain, make sure you did your research. It is difficult to haggle with an experienced auto parts dealer; if they know better, you might find yourself at the losing end. When a dealer sees that you know what you are talking about, they would be more than willing to bargain.
Also, be reasonable with your bargains. While it is important that you get parts for a reasonable price, compare apples with apples first. Do not expect junkyard and auto shop parts to be the same. The quality of the product still determines the price so try your best to be reasonable.
For Rare Parts, Search in Person
You can buy some spare parts online but the rare ones need your special attention. Some cars, such as hybrid vehicles, require unique pieces. To ensure that you get the one, do the search in person. You save yourself form unnecessary returns and arguments with your dealer.
Your car deserves only the best spare parts. Be the smarter shopper and get the best bargains for your well-loved vehicle.