When you need car parts, your first thoughts may go to a parts store, dealership, or salvage yard. However, an excellent source you may not have considered, is Craigslist. Craigslist is an online version of classified adds. It is free to use, and it has no listing fees. It gives you the ability to do a very specific search for the item you want, but you can also browse listings by category as well.
When looking for Craigslist car parts, you will need to perform a search. For best results, type the exact phrasing for the type of parts you need into the search box. Usually, you will start your search in your home city. An advantage of Craigslist, is that you aren’t limited to local searches only; you can search nationally as well. You can only search one city at a time, which can make your search lengthy depending on how many cities you wish to search.
To avoid this, download a Craigslist search tool. It will allow you to search multiple cities, whole states, or all of Craigslist at once. To give yourself the best chance of finding what you need, check Craigslist frequently, as new posts appear at all times of the day. As a general rule, the first to contact a seller is the first to get the option to buy. Be careful not to limit yourself when looking for Craigslist car parts.
Many times older, or “junk” vehicles, are sold cheaply, or even given away. The part you need may be able to be salvaged from such a car. The great thing about this scenario is that it can really save you some money, especially if you are able to continue to use parts from it down the road. Take care to look for the same make, model, and year as the vehicle you are working on. The drawback to a parts car, is that you may have to have it delivered, since many of them no longer run.
You need to be on your guard against scams and fraud when using a site like Craigslist. Never buy anything without seeing it first. Inspect the car parts carefully before you commit to buying. Check for broken parts or missing pieces. It would be wise to get a guarantee from the seller that the part works, too. Be cautions about adds that are oddly worded, or don’t include pictures.
By using common sense, and having a little patience, you can eventually find just about any car part you need on Craigslist.
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