SPARE parts

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Servicing from Home -

As with tools, skimp­ing on price, when it comes to re­place­ment parts, can be a false econ­omy. With the num­ber of sub­stan­dard and coun­ter­feit car parts grow­ing, al­ways buy com­po­nents through rep­utable sup­pli­ers and in­sist that they are made to at least the same stan­dard as those used by the car-maker. This does not mean that you have to buy ev­ery­thing from a main deal­er­ship, but a de­cent af­ter­mar­ket sup­plier should know what you mean if you ask for ‘OE qual­ity’. Un­less they are com­ing from trusted traders’ shops, avoid tempt­ing bar­gains on on­line mar­ket­places, for it is here that most parts of dubious ori­gin are sold, ac­cord­ing to many mo­tor in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. Us­ing ques­tion­able parts and lu­bri­cants can in­crease your car’s fuel con­sump­tion and re­duce its life­span. Sim­i­lar ad­vice ap­plies to other flu­ids, although you must heed any rec­om­mended spec­i­fi­ca­tions, es­pe­cially in re­la­tion to en­gine/ trans­mis­sion oils and an­tifreeze.

Only buy from a rep­utable sup­plier that sells Oe-qual­ity parts. Sub­stan­dard or coun­ter­feit parts could cause un­told dam­age.

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