Buying Parts: New or Used?

Whether you’re a new offroader, or you’ve been doing it for years, it’s important to have a rig that is equipped with the right components. You can drive something old or new, but in order to give yourself the maximum safety and maneuverability on the trails, it’s a good idea to upgrade to non-factory parts. Off-roading can be an expensive sport, however, and many people are looking to customize their vehicle, without going broke. This is where used and refurbished parts come in.

Lots of people turn away from used parts, because there is still a pervasive idea that used parts are less safe or less reliable. However, if you buy your used 4×4 parts from a reputable dealer, and have them installed by a professional off-road mechanic, you shouldn’t notice any difference in quality! Buying used parts can save you a lot of money, which is really helpful if you’re just starting out with off-roading, or if you need to make urgent repairs and don’t have a ton of cash. If you’re trying to balance your finances and still have a hobby that you love, consider going with used components.

Granted, there are a few parts that you should not buy used. If you’re wondering what would be the best deal for your car or truck, make sure you talk to a qualified mechanic first. However, as a rule of thumb, don’t bother buying the following parts used:

  • Seat belts
  • Air bags
  • Brake parts
  • Windshield wipers
  • Air filters

There are thousands of parts from vehicles near you that are perfectly safe to buy used, and can save you significant cash off of retail price. To get the most bang for your buck, buy through a reputable dealer or auto body shop. Here are some things you can safely purchase used or refurbished:

  • Mirrors
  • Windows
  • Bumpers
  • Wheels
  • Some tires
  • Transmission
  • Alternator
  • Interior parts like seats, floor mats, steering wheel, or trim pieces

Depending on your vehicle, you may have to search a little more to find parts that fit. Older models, some foreign cars, and already-customized rigs may require harder-to-find components, so make sure to do your homework before hand. In the case of rare or expensive parts, avoid buying them online sight-unseen. Ask a local 4×4 body shop to order it in for you, and install it correctly.

In many cases, buying used parts can be a great idea! Then you’ll have more money to spend on other parts, or gas to get to the mountains. Ready to talk parts? Call us at the 4×4 Offroad Network today!

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