Why You Shouldn't Buy Car Parts Online
With the rise of sites like Amazon and EBay, it can be more tempting than ever to try and “shop around” for the best prices on the parts that you need to maintain your luxury vehicle. You can look at reviews for the seller, compare prices instantly, and hopefully keep more of your money in your pocket. Easy, right?
Well….not so fast!
When it comes to car parts, any good owner (and mechanic) knows that cheap and easy is usually anything but. By trying to save a few dollars online, you may end up paying more over the long run because of unforeseen circumstances that often – very often – arise as a result.
The biggest problems?
You don’t have a warranty, and you cannot check to 100% verify that it’s the correct part.
You may find a part online for pennies, but what the sellers often fail to mention is that there is no warranty with those parts – and you may not find that out until it’s far too late to do anything about it! The quality of parts bought from websites is generally far less than you’d expect at a reputable shop, and by the time you have bought it, waited for it, and brought it to the shop to have it installed, only to find out that it’s defective, it’s been a big waste of time and money – and you’re likely out of luck on trying to remedy the situation. The same goes for if the part doesn’t fit, or doesn’t have the right connector, or doesn’t meet the proper legal specifications, or any of the other problems that can occur.
And speaking of having the wrong part, it can end up costing more than just the money you’ve sunk into the part itself. Chances are, you won’t discover that it’s wrong until your vehicle is already up on the hoist with the original problem part removed; that means it’s staying up there until the right part is available and the vehicle can move again, which involves days of calling people, confirming part numbers, paying again, shipping, and so on…and all the while, you’ll be racking up charges for the hoist that’s now out of service, which can add up to about thousand per day! That is a major headache and a huge price to pay for wanting to save a bit of cash by shopping online.
So, long story short? Always buy your parts in person so that you can check the quality and verify that they’re accurate before you buy. It takes a bit more time but it’s absolutely worth it in the end. And to have the most hassle-free experience possible, skip the dealerships altogether – they are your last resort. Instead, visit Euroworks, right here in northeast Calgary, Alberta, for all the answers and information you need about keeping your high-end vehicles, European cars, and other luxury brands in the best possible condition. We are your dealer alternative, and we look forward to helping you – now and in the future!
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