Tips for sourcing automotive replacement parts include buying aftermarket and discount parts, comparing the prices offered by various shops and selecting the shop with the cheapest prices. Information on discount parts can be found on the websites of most spare part shops.
Aftermarket spare parts are vehicle parts that are bought from retailers other than the vehicle manufacturer. These parts may still be covered by the car's original warranty, especially if they are direct replacements. Some of these replacement parts work exactly like the original equipment manufacturer parts, or even better in some instances, and they are comparatively cheap.
However, a small minority are poorly manufactured, so the car owner should survey the parts before buying them, preferably securing the services of a trusted mechanic for an opinion and check if required. Original manufacturer spare parts are best when fixing collision related problems or when repairing a car that is on lease.
A car owner should check various companies' websites or email newsletters for any discount alerts before shopping for parts. Additionally, he can reduce his repair expenditure by comparing the price information offered by various dealers on the Internet. This helps him to buy the cheapest parts without sacrificing quality.