Does your vehicle need to be repaired? Are you planning on saving some money at the mechanic's shop by purchasing your own used part from a salvage yard instead of buying a new one through the mechanic at the time of repair? If so, you've got to call the mechanic you plan to use ahead of time and ask them these 3 things.
1. Do You Accept Salvaged Parts?
While many mechanics will let you supply your own parts for repair, not all will. You won't save a bit of money if you're able to find the part you need at a salvage yard only to have to purchase a new part because you can't find a mechanic to install your inexpensive score. Shop for a mechanic that works with salvaged parts first, and then start your pursuit of finding the part you need at a salvage yard.
2. What Guarantee Do You Offer For Repairs Using Salvaged Parts?
Many mechanics offer guarantees that the materials and workmanship they perform on your vehicle will remain free of defect for a certain duration of time. However, purchasing your own used part from a salvage yard and asking your mechanic to install it could void this warranty. Since salvaged parts have previously sustained some wear and tear, you can expect to lose out on a mechanic's promise that the part will last a long time, but this doesn't mean you have to forgo a promise that the mechanic will carefully and accurately perform repairs on your vehicle.
Before agreeing to let a mechanic install a salvaged part on your car, find one that will guarantee their workmanship even when they won't guarantee the materials you provide.
3. Do You Apply A Surcharge For Repairs Using Salvaged Parts?
Since most mechanics make a portion of their profits through parts price markups, some attempt to recover the money they lose when installing salvaged parts by applying a surcharge to repairs in which the customer supplies their own parts. You'll want to make sure that the surcharge you pay does not exceed the dollar amount you'll save by purchasing a salvaged auto part. Ask your mechanic the cost of their salvaged parts surcharge before having them repair your vehicle so you aren't surprised to find a hidden charge on your bill once your vehicle is fixed.
Oftentimes, you can save money by purchasing your own auto part from a salvage yard and asking a mechanic to use that part to repair your car. Before doing so, though, ask the mechanic you plan to use the above 3 questions. For more information about salvage yards, contact a company like City Auto Wreckers.
I do a lot of traveling in my personal vehicle for work. Putting a lot of miles on a car each year requires me to focus on maintenance and repairs. When I replace parts or perform maintenance work, I try to get parts that will last long and, if possible, increase the gas mileage that I get. If you do a lot of traveling in your vehicle, my blog can help you find ways to improve the performance of your vehicle and decrease how often it needs to be repaired. Hopefully, all of my experiences will help you with your vehicle.