Tips for Finding Durable Car Parts


Durability means more than the hardest, toughest care spares. Instead, customers are looking for all-around staying power in cars. As the world slowly comes out of its economic recession, consumers are still cautious about potential job loss and credit problems, so the cars they are buying are required to last. As the average time for car ownership increases, customers are looking for cars that are easy to maintain and won’t break down. Surprisingly, the tough off-road vehicle doesn’t usually make the cut as a durable vehicle because of its high maintenance costs.

However durable the exterior of a car, it makes little difference if the seats or dashboard of the car start to break down. This is why a durable interior is just as important as a durable exterior. The upholstery of the car seats is one of the most noticeable signs of wear and tear, so it must be maintained properly. Leather resists damage fairly well, but if it is not properly cared for then it will crack and chip. On the other hand, Leather can connote a feeling of luxury and elegance. Polyester is the most commonly used material because of its affordability and durability. Light colors can help improve the lifetime of the car seats by trapping less heat than dark colors.

Floor mats in a car are designed to keep dirt off the actual floor of the car, but as stains accumulate over time, both the floor and the mats tend to remain dirty. Unlike the traditional carpet-like mats that are used in most economy vehicles, using rubber car mats can help repel dirt and prevent staining. Plus, unlike polyester mats, these mats can be washed with water and soap to remove any smells.

Even more than the front of cars, the back of the car tends to be the dirtier part. When trekking, camping and biking gear is stored in the back, mud and dirt can form an impenetrable shield. As a result lining the trunk with car boot liners, made of rubber, can ensure that the actual interior of the car retains it freshness for the lifetime of the entire car.

Some Tips for Car Buying


Purchasing a new car could be the second most expensive purchase you’ll make, second only to your home. Thus, it is very important that you know some valuable car-buying tips before taking a step further. It could be either intimidating or a pleasant experience. Here are some tips will help you get a good deal on a car.

The first step is to know when is the best time to buy a car. According to experts, December is one of the best two periods in the year to buy a car. Dealers are trying to clear any unsold cars as dealers await new models for the new year. During this time, dealers engage themselves in price cuts and year end sales. Thereby, plan, analyze and select the best deal you can get.

The best way to avoid yourself from being sucked in by the slimy car salesman, is to do a little research about the car you are interested in buying. Preparing yourself with some knowledge and tidbits about cars will put you in a better position to negotiate the best deal. Think about what car model and options you want and how much you’re willing to spend.

You should try to get the best deal in town. Don’t buy the first car you see. Instead you should shop around and start comparing deals and prices. You may want to check automobile magazines, newspapers and car brochures to expand your knowledge. You may also want to consult your largest information source in the whole wide world; the Internet.

The next step is to know your credit score, only if you decide to seek a bank loan. Your credit rating shows how much interest rate you will pay on your car loan. You have to choose to pay for higher repayment on monthly basis with a smaller down payment or slightly lower monthly payment with a large down payment.

Read, understand, and consider the terms and conditions of the car financing before signing on the contract. Find out whether a warranty is included and what sort of after-sales service you’ll get. After-sales service is usually offered by the manufacturer. This should cover car parts problems. Remember that a warranty is included in the price of the car while a service contract costs extra.

Buying a car is a big investment, but it can be a pleasure and exciting experience if you are well prepared for it.

How to Get the Best Deal on Car Parts


My husband and I drive a 1992 Toyota Camry. This Camry has over 260,000 miles on it and is still running. However, because of its age and mileage we have had to replace a few parts on it, as well as maintain things like the brakes. We do the repairs ourselves, which saves us quite a lot, however buying parts yourself can also save you money, and this is how.

The first is that most auto parts stores will match or beat prices. Locally we have AutoZone, Checkers, and Car Quest. When we need a part for our car, the first thing we ever do is look up the numbers for these places. My husband then places a call to AutoZone asking how much the part is. Let’s say we are looking for brake pads. AutoZone tells my husband $50. He then calls Checkers, and they tell him they cost $50 as well. My husband tells Checker that AutoZone can get him that same price, so Checkers lowers their price to $45. At this point we call Car Quest. After explaining that he can get the brake pads at Checkers for $45, Car Quest tells him they will sell him the brake pads for $40. Always get the name of the person you speak to when you call, and when you get the lowest price you can, go to that store, mention who you spoke to, and you will always get the lowest price for that part.

The second thing is if you don’t have to have the part new, then don’t get it new. Places like junkyards will often allow you to tear pieces off of other cars. We have a local place called Pick A Part that gives you a wheel barrow and you can just go back, and if you find what you need you just take it off the car. We’ve replaced almost our entire left wheel suspension system by doing this (we purchased new shocks, but that’s it). Purchasing this new would have cost us well over $300, but purchasing it from the junkyard cost us $50. It works just as well as a new suspension and saved us $250.

The third thing is to almost never purchase parts from the dealership! If you’re car is still under warranty and the repair is covered, then by all means go through the dealership. But once your car is no longer under warranty avoid the dealership. The dealership always charges more for the parts than any car place and they will usually try to install them to, even if you don’t want them too.

My dad owned a 2002 Buick LeSabre with all the bells and whistles. In two years he spent more money on repairs and car parts than my husband and I have in the four years we’ve had this Camry. Follow these tips and you could save yourself a bundle!