When you need a part for your car, you have a few different options. You can buy the part new from the manufacturer, buy the part from an auto repair shop, buy a refurbished part, buy a used part, or buy a used part from a salvage car. Learning the advantages and disadvantages of each option will help you select the right option for you. These are a couple of the advantages and disadvantages of buying salvage auto parts. 

Disadvantages of Buying Salvage Auto Parts

  • Likely Has No Warranty

When you buy a new or refurbished auto part, you typically get a warranty with the part. The warranty states that the part is in working condition and will last for a certain period of time. If it is does not, the part will be repaired or replaced at no cost to you. When you buy used or salvaged parts, you typically do not receive this warranty. The part has not been inspected, and as such, you are taking a gamble on how long it may or may not last. 

  • You May Not Know What Part of the Car Was Damaged

The other disadvantage to buying a salvaged car part is that you may not know what part of the car was damaged to cause the car to be salvaged. A car may be salvaged if it is involved in a wreck or because the car was involved in a flood. Either way, the part you are buying may have been affected or may not have been affected. But those who resell salvaged parts are not required to tell you why the car was salvaged and whether the part may have been affected. 

Advantages of Buying Salvage Auto Parts

  • The Cost

The biggest advantage to buying a salvaged auto part is the cost of the part. Salvaged auto parts are typically only a fraction of the cost of buying new or refurbished parts. This is because there is some risk associated with buying salvaged parts that the part may not last. However, if you do not have a lot of money and you need to get your car running so you can get to or from work, a salvaged part may fit within your budget. 

  • You Have Access to Hard to Find Parts

The other advantage to buying salvaged auto parts is that you may have access to hard to find parts. Many manufacturers stop selling parts for older models or discontinued cars. As such, you may have to rely on finding used or salvaged parts in order to repair a car that is ten, fifteen or twenty years old. If the manufacturer does not make the part anymore, used or salvaged auto parts may be your only option.  

There are both advantages and disadvantages to buying salvage auto parts. Learning about them will help you make an educated decision as to whether buying them is ideal for you. For more information, contact businesses like Boot Hill Truck.