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All You Need To Know About Recycled Auto Parts

Recycled auto parts are not as popular as new parts. It is especially so since dealerships and manufacturers advocate for what they sell: new parts. Understanding the benefits of recycled parts and how to purchase them would go a long way in helping car owners and mechanics as they compare the two alternatives. Below is an extensive piece detailing everything you need about recycled parts. 

What Are the Benefits of Recycled Parts? 

Recycled car parts are way cheaper than new parts. It is especially so since the parts are retrieved from vehicles that would otherwise be compacted and sold to metal recycling parts. Recycled parts are more environmentally friendly than new parts. A lot of pollution and energy wastage occurs while manufacturing new parts. For instance, manufacturing plants use a lot of energy to smelt metal and mould the parts. Besides, the industrial machines used could also pollute the environment. Finally, ships and trucks transporting parts from the plants to local dealers cause air pollution. 

Recycled parts are an instant solution for people whose vehicle spare parts are no longer in production. Besides, movie production companies often use them as they shoot movies. For instance, a car could suffer body damage during a car chase scene. In this case, replacing the damaged panels with recycled ones is a cost-effective alternative to buying new body parts.

What Are the Types of Recycled Parts?

Recycled parts could be categorised into OEM, aftermarket or refurbished parts. OEM and aftermarket recycled parts are extracted from other vehicles. However, they could differ in quality since aftermarket parts are designed to be superior or inferior to OEM parts. Conversely, refurbished parts could be new or aftermarket parts that undergo repairs, restoration and polishing to improve their durability, reliability and performance.  

What Should You Consider When Buying Recycled Parts? 

By now, you have an idea of what type of recycled part you prefer. When buying a used part, assess it for damages. For instance, check whether the bolt holes on the part have sufficient threading. Moreover, examine the part for physical damage such as dents or cracks that could hinder its installation or functionality. For example, an oil pan with a dent will not fit well into your car or could damage internal components. Inquire about part's history. For instance, the part's mileage would be a concern if it must be replaced after a specified mileage. On the other hand, you should check the manufacturer of an aftermarket part to establish whether the part is a suitable match for your car.  

For more information about auto parts, contact a local mechanic. 

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Ditching the junker

I have been driving a junky old car for the last few years and it worked fine at first. I only paid $400 for it, so I knew it wouldn't last too long, and I'm pretty happy I got it to last as long as it did! It's finally stopped working and won't start up. The local auto service guys have quoted me $3000 to get it fixed. I think it's time to face facts and get the old jalopy wrecked and get a new car. I started this blog to compile information for anybody -- like me -- who wants to know more about the auto wrecking process.

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