Adding on 4 wheel parts and 4×4 accessories to your vehicle can be necessary for a wide range of offroad applications. With all of the available truck parts on the market, the price tag can rack up quickly so many resort to purchasing used aftermarket parts. Buying these parts can be great way to save money, however there a few things to look for when buying a second hand item.
When possible, always try to buy from a reputable 4 Wheel Parts shop. Buying from individuals (on Craigslist for example) can be risky because they don’t have a reputation to uphold and only care about making a quick buck. Utilizing a shop that specializes in offroad or aftermarket equipment will give you the extra peace of mind that you are buying a quality product, even if the item is used.
Next, it’s always recommended to do as much research on the product as possible. Look up any information on item recalls as well as reviews online. The two most common problems to look for from other owners are fitment and reliability issues.
Ask the seller of the item a lot of questions, the more the better. An honest seller will be very clear and forthcoming with their responses. You don’t want to put something on your car that’s been damaged or modified.
Inspect the item as thoroughly as possible. Even with a quick inspection it can be pretty apparent how much use an item has had. If there are any signs of wear beyond the expected, it may be more cost efficient to buy the item new, as repairs may be needed in the future.
Finally, look up the new retail price of the part. Use your best judgment to determine whether or not you.