There are many websites dedicated to selling car parts over the Internet. Some are the web versions of brick and mortar stores such as O'Reilly Auto Parts, and others, such as Amazon and Auto Parts Warehouse, are completely online.
The key to finding a good place to buy car parts online is researching the reputation of the company, according to eBay Buying Guides. It is important to make sure the company is selling genuine parts, that they fulfill orders correctly and have a good return policy. With big name stores such as Amazon or O'Reilly, it is not too difficult to confirm the reputation of the company.
Advantages to purchasing car parts online include saving time and money as well as having access to potentially a much larger database of parts, as seen on Amazon. Brick and mortar stores may not stock harder-to-find parts or may only stock a few preferred brands. Shopping for car parts online allows buyers to look for preferred brands or find parts for more obscure vehicles.
Many car parts, especially basic ones, are much less expensive online, says Auto Parts Warehouse. Air filters, oil filters, all types of fluid, spark plugs and batteries are examples of frequently replaced parts that can be bought online typically for less.