There are many benefits associated with buying used auto parts. Used auto parts are usually significantly cheaper than purchasing new auto parts. Additionally, if you have an older car or a car that the manufacturer is no longer producing parts for, getting your hands on new parts can be challenging, if not impossible. If you are in the market for used auto parts, here are three of the factors that you will want to consider as you shop for parts. 


If the Part is Compatible With Your Car

As you look to purchase used auto parts, you need to carefully consider and learn whether a part is compatible with the type of vehicle you own. Many parts from various years may be compatible with the year of vehicle you own. Always take the time to research what makes, models and year of vehicles may have parts that will work with the make, model and year of vehicle you own. 


Whether the Part is Warrantied

Another important element to consider when you are looking to purchase used auto parts is whether the part is warrantied. Some used auto parts have been refurbished by either the manufacturer or the company selling the part. These parts typically come with a warranty. In addition to this, some junk yards and salvage yards will warranty their part or offer a refund if the part doesn't function. As you shop for used auto parts, consider whether the part you are buying is refundable and/or comes with a warranty. 


If the Part is An OEM Part

The last important thing to consider when you are purchasing a used car part is whether it is an original equipment manufacturer part, or OEM part. OEM parts typically have a serial number or part number somewhere on the part. If you search this serial number or part number and/or call the manufacturer, they can verify if they manufactured the part. This is important as OEM parts are designed to work properly in your car, whereas aftermarket parts are not. 


Are you looking for used auto parts in the greater St. Paul, MN. area? Here at Ace Auto Parts, we have all of the used auto parts you may be looking for, including used tires and used batteries. Visit our salvage yard today to see our selection of used cars and used auto parts.