The idea of using second hand auto parts is the last thing to do for some. There is a possibility of risking the performance of the car. The used auto part may affect the over-all efficiency of the car and in the long run my render other parts useless. There is also the risk for the welfare of the passenger and the driver while on the road. If that used auto part malfunctioned, the probability of accident is high.
But with today's economic condition, one may look again at these used auto parts. Among food and clothing, car parts should be the last priority. If that used auto part is in good condition, it won't hurt that much to scrimp on your car sometimes. If you think about it, the market for used auto part will cease to exist if customers are not satisfied with the products they sell there.
Ask your friends. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to look for used auto parts is to ask from your existing network. Try calling your friends and see who has modified their cars. You may find spare parts that are not damaged at all and was just replaced to a new one. I am sure your friend can also give you discount or even for free.
Contact your dealer. After years of going repairs through the dealer, there is a possibility that aside from brand new, they are selling used auto parts. Besides, you may wonder where they put those replaced parts anyway. Give the dealer a call and arrange for a special price. Your dealer may also know where to find that used part that you have been looking for.
Go to flea market. Flea market is a great place to find almost anything, including clothes, antique finds, and of course, car parts. Stores are usually adjacent to one another and have cars around. You can check out great finds and they can even install that specific part for you. Just don't expect warranty from these places. The prices are definitely lower than new ones.
Check the Internet. There are many Internet sites that offer used car parts. You can search for that specific model and make that you want and most certainly you will find it in online exchanges and forum. Just be cautious with the extra charges especially freight as it may even cost more if the shop is overseas.
Remember that buying used car parts do not guarantee best results and performance for your car. Used car parts also do not have warranty in them, so exercise your expert judgment. Some stores may consider replacement for a number of days when the auto part is proven defective, so inquire about that also. Consider having used car parts for non-crucial parts like exteriors and mirrors, but I suggest not scrimping on internal parts and engines. Do not risk your safety and the safety of your passengers if your savings is only few dollars. Remember that health care costs more and the life of your beloved is something that money can buy.