How Quality Used Auto Parts Save Money
May 27, 2009
When a vehicle needs some type of repair, one of the first questions asked is how much is it going to cost. The answer will be “a lot” especially if buying the parts new from a dealership. Today there is an alternative to spending tremendous amounts of money on new parts that are overpriced.
Choosing to purchase used auto parts to repair an automobile used to be something that only shade tree mechanics did. That is no longer the case. Now day’s people are discovering the value of used parts and luckily, the auto recyclers that supply them are now undergoing a rebirth as well.
Auto recyclers buy salvage vehicles of all years and depending on the age and damage to the vehicle. Some of these are acquired quite cheaply. Once the auto recycler has received a nonoperable vehicle, the first thing that generally happens is the auto recycler applies for a salvage title. When this has been received, the auto recycler then employs standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency for the safe recovery and disposal of hazardous wastes. Once these have been properly dealt with, the recycler access the automobile for all useable parts. Then the dismantling process begins. All parts removed from the vehicle for resell to the public are usually inspected and tested if possible. Parts are then entered into a direct access inventory computer software program. This information is then shared electronically over the internet. Now days with just a few clicks of a mouse it is easy determine where the needed part may be located.
Utilizing used parts not only saves money for consumers, another benefit of used parts it the benefit it gives to the environment. Many have no idea what types of hazardous materials are used in automobiles today. These chemicals range from motor oil to transmission fluid to Freon contained in the air conditioner. If these materials were left in vehicles before they are dismantled or crushed then they enter our environment and do damage to delicate ecosystems. Today, auto recyclers use the latest technology to ensure that these dangerous materials are disposed of properly. Once the chemicals and useable parts are removed, the left over metal body is sent to be crushed or shredded. To date the metal recovered from salvage automobiles has resulted in enough recycled metal to build over thirteen million new vehicles. As a result, hundreds of tons of raw iron and other precious metals that are non-renewable are preserved every year.
In order to take advantage of all the benefits of choosing to used parts to repair vehicles, one simply only ask the mechanic doing the repairs. All though many were hesitant to go this route in the past, today most are quite willing to locate the necessary used part and pass the savings onto their customers. Most will also allow the customer to locate the used part and have it brought in. Should one not be available locally most recyclers are also happy to ship the part directly to where it needs to go.
Ronnie Tanner is a contributing writer at Quality Auto Pars. He writes about used auto parts and other industry specific topics.
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