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Buying a Used Vehicle

Welcome to my website. My name is Frances Reed. If you’re considering buying a used car, you are in the right place. I recently had my first experience with purchasing a used car and want to share some tips I learned along the way. When I began my search, the important things were color, comfort, and low mileage. I ended up with a green vehicle (which isn't on my favorite color list,) it has over 150,000 miles driven, but it is comfortable. I was very fortunate and had a friend who’s a mechanic come with me to test drive vehicles. Tip number one: be sure you have a mechanic check out vehicles before you buy. I hope I can offer you some valuable information here.



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Buying a Used Vehicle

Save Money By Bringing Your Own Parts To Mechanics

by Connor Ferguson

The mechanic's invoice is one of the most unexpected bills to come up throughout our car's lifespan. Though we all know that cars need maintenance, something under the hood going haywire and needing a repair is often a surprise, no matter the age of the vehicle. For this reason, the cost at the mechanic shop is the most hated expense in most budgets.

If you want to save money on repairs, one of the best changes that you can make is bringing your own part to the mechanics shop. Let the mechanic know that you will be providing your own auto parts, and ask how low they can get the price by bringing in your own materials. Auto repair shops will charge money for both the manual labor and the cost of the part. By saving money on your own part, you can cut down on the overall cost of your auto repair. Here are some places you can find well-priced auto parts and tips on how to get them for cheap.

Perform price matching

One of the best ways to save cash is to perform price matching and choose the cheapest part. Online auction websites will offer bargain prices for automobile parts that you can catch around the clock. Web sites that cater to car parts will also give you competitive pricing for everything from fenders to catalytic converters. If you choose to purchase online, be sure to factor in the shipping cost to determine if you are still getting a good deal on the price.

Go to a pick a part lot

Pick a part lots will take a little bit of elbow grease, however, they can be one of the most ingenious ways to get a part for less money. Pick a part lots require you to take your own part from cars, then pay at the end of your part pull. These parts will go for rock bottom prices, however, you should bring someone with you who can verify that the part will work. Since the parts will come from older cars or cars that have damage, take a mechanic or a handy friend to help select the right part for your car.

Auto retail shops

If you are looking for a quick fix, an auto retail shop is the best place to go for an auto part. There are nationwide auto stores and small, standalone auto shops that can provide you the parts that you need. If you want to get a good deal first, call around and ask for the price of the part needed for your auto repair. Once you compile a price listing, pick up that part at the store that offers the best deal.