Discount auto parts - where can I find them?

Car maintenance has grown increasingly expensive, and finding discount auto parts can be a real challenge. If you're the type who does most of your own auto repairs, you're already one step ahead of the game by saving on labor costs. But if you can manage to save on the price of parts as well, you'll be at a huge advantage.

There are several sources for finding what you need at far below standard retail price. The trick is knowing where to look.

The number one source for discount auto parts on today's market is the internet. While it might seem strange to shop for car parts online, the truth is that if you know exactly what you need- right down to the part number- the internet can provide you with an entire field from which to search. Instead of having only the shelves of the local auto store to choose from, you'll almost literally have the back rooms of every auto store in the country.

A recent search on Google returned over nine million hits for the phrase "discount auto parts." If you know the specific part you're looking for, try searching with the name or number of the part enclosed in quotes. You'll find that most mechanics and auto part retailers offer their stock online and are willing to ship it almost anywhere. You may even find advice on how to install it!

So why is it such a bargain to buy online? The simple answer is that by opening up their stock to online shoppers, auto part retailers are broadening their customer base exponentially. More customers mean less stock sitting unsold; less unsold stock means more items are moving and more cash is coming in. With higher sales due to internet traffic, discount auto part retailers can offer their merchandise at lower prices than a neighborhood store that depends on the same customer base for years.

Keep in mind that you may have to pay shipping costs if you find what you need online, although many retailers offer free shipping or shipping that is built into the cost of the item. Check into return policies and warranties in case you order the wrong part or the part doesn't function the way that it should.

Your main concern in buying online should be making sure you're getting the exact part you need. Double check serial numbers and your owner's manual to make sure.

Buying discount auto parts doesn't have to be a chore. Find exactly what you need for any repair on any type of car by simply surfing the net. The only real work you'll have to do is under your hood.

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