What Are the Pros and Cons of Buying Used Honda Parts?


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The pros of buying used Honda parts include affordability, availability and selection. The cons include shorter lifespans and limited warranties. The same pros and cons apply to used parts for virtually all makes and models.

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In most cases, used parts cost far less than new ones. If you're on a tight budget, this can be particularly advantageous, especially since parts for imports like Hondas are more expensive to begin with.

It can take days or weeks to acquire new parts from the manufacturer. The older the vehicle is, the harder it may be to find them anywhere else. If you're able to locate used Honda parts at a local junkyard, you can save yourself lots of time.

If your Honda is old enough, the manufacturer may not make new parts for it anymore. However, you can almost always find what you're looking for through local or online used parts suppliers.

Unfortunately, any used parts you find will already have spent some time on another Honda. There's no way of knowing how well that vehicle's owner treated their vehicle, so there's no way to predict the part's life expectancy. The worst-case scenario is that you may have to replace the part again in the future.

Additionally, you can't expect to get an extensive warranty on a part that's already been used. You may be offered either some type of limited warranty, or maybe no warranty at all. If you do have to buy another part soon, your repair costs can rise considerably. As a result, many mechanics refuse to install used parts.

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