With dozens of mechanic and auto body shops all over your area, you may wonder why you would ever want to buy car parts online. There are auto parts stores that specialize in just parts, too, so it seems out of place to buy parts off the internet. The truth is, if you do a little digging around, you will find that the parts you want have quite a vast pricing difference among mechanics and auto parts stores, compounded by the fact that retail merchandisers offer bigger discounts to attract your business. There are three big reasons why you want to bypass all of them and buy your auto parts through internet sources.
Not only can you compare pricing online, you can actually buy your parts through auction sites that would allow you to get the lowest possible price imaginable. You can get parts for far less this way, many times over. Private sellers who have taken apart cars just to sell the parts or who have warehouses chock full of spare parts have limited avenues to unload their inventory, so the advertising cost is significantly reduced for them, which translates into major savings for you.
Rare Parts Are Found Faster and Easier
Thanks to the popularity of junk pickers and and junk picker shows on television, auto owners of rare vehicles are able to find the spare parts they need faster and easier than ever before. If you are trying to rebuild a one-hundred-year-old Model T, you would be hard-pressed to find the parts at your local mechanic's shop or at a retail auto parts store. Online, you can find just about anything that anyone, including junk pickers, have found salvageable and have decided to sell.
You Can Avoid Shipping and Handling Charges
One of the biggest reasons why parts in a store cost more is because the store tacks on the shipping and handling charges. Mechanics will do the same thing, although they may also charge you a "finder's fee" for locating lost, unusual, rare or custom parts. You can avoid all of these extra charges by buying from an online car parts seller who ships for free or offers to ship for free after a certain dollar amount is reached. If the parts you want will hit that dollar amount anyway, it is saving you twice over to buy online; once, because you found a lower price over the internet, and twice, because you were able to get the parts shipped for free and without a "finder's fee".