Spare parts: are there spare parts for all types of vehicles?
When you regularly use a car, it is obvious that you will face breakdowns that will lead you to buy spare parts, but finding the right and robust spare parts is not always a simple matter, especially when you drive a recent model.Today, there are many spare parts on the market and it is very likely that you will find it difficult to make up your mind, so you have the choice between used, reconditioned or new parts. Therefore, in order to make the best decision, it is essential to have a minimum of knowledge in the auto mechanics sector and to know where to find the spare parts for your vehicle.
Buying used parts from your mechanic
Since 1 April 2019, garages are now obliged to offer customers second-hand car parts. This law came into force after the publication of the decree of 8 October 2018, which requires that spare parts from the circular economy be offered to vehicle owners when they bring their cars to the garage for repair.
This decision is very advantageous for motorists because it allows them to save money, because when you have to change certain parts of the vehicle, opting for used auto parts is 30 to 40% less expensive than buying new auto parts.To find out, simply ask your mechanic to provide you with two estimates: one without the reused parts and the other with them. You will immediately see the difference in cost and the savings you will be able to make after your vehicle is repaired.
To obtain second-hand parts, garages generally obtain them from ELV (end-of-life vehicle) centres, which are responsible for recovering vehicle components that have been scrapped. Mechanics also use the traditional exchange market of equipment manufacturers for mechanical components such as turbos, starter-alternators, injectors, etc. These parts are reconditioned by the manufacturers who design them new.
It is important to know that the majority of spare parts are affected by these regulations, but wearing parts such as discs, brake pads, ground connections and safety elements cannot be replaced by second-hand models.
In addition, if your car is under warranty or is being recalled by the manufacturer, keep in mind that the professional is not allowed to offer you used mechanical parts.