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A Complete Guide on Buying Car Parts in 2019

There is nothing as satisfying as finally finding that classic car of your dreams. A classic car — according to many automobile publications — is a perfect symbol of a new phase in life. Classic cars, however, come with their share of challenges, especially on spare parts. This piece explores the subject of spare parts in the world of
classic cars and, more importantly, the best way to find cheap and high-quality spare parts.

Why are high-quality spare parts important in classic cars?

Just like in other types of cars, the functionality of classic cars depends on better parts. Mechanics point out that a low-quality car part can have a spiral effect on the car, making it less efficient. It is therefore mechanically important to put this factor into consideration when acquiring a classic car. In addition, high-quality spare parts are ideal for your safety as the car owner. Since the car is old mechanically, having quality parts ensures that the car functionality is at par with modern expectations. It is, however, important to consider the compatibility of the car parts with your classic car. 

Where to find the best car parts

The following is a complete guide of where to get good and affordable car parts

  • Salvage Yards

Salvage yards are home to some of the best and affordable car parts for your classic cars. Unlike other alternatives for getting car parts for your classic toy, the prices are favorable. Yards that let you pick n pull your parts usually charge very affordable prices, since you are doing most of the labor. It is also home to some of the best original parts. According to pundits, most of the car-parts from salvage yards are functional and with the right checklist on the parts, it is possible to get unmatched and high-quality parts. It is, however, important to have a better understanding of what you are looking for or ask questions.

  • Dealerships and private sellers

These are the alternatives to salvage yards and they have their own advantages and disadvantages. Although most classic car owners prefer dealerships, dealerships are pricey and sometimes home to generic parts. On the other hand, private sellers do not give a wide range of products and therefore not the best place to buy parts. Experts point out that it is critical to do a background check even when buying from dealers.

Tips for maintaining your classic car — interior and exterior

The following are some of the tips for taking care of your classic car.

The place where you keep your car is critical for your car look. In order to retain that classy exterior look, it is important to ensure that the car is in either a garage or a car shade. The state of the garage or the shade should also be optimal in terms of temperatures and humidity. There are phone applications you can use to determine which kind of settings are ideal for your car. The sole purpose of having a controlled garage is to ensure that regardless of the climate, the car care is constant. In case the car shade conditions are not optimal, it is important to consult a professional on how to make the car storage better.

Second, it is important to understand that classic cars require regular cleaning. Cleaning your car gives it a beautiful look and experts attribute a clean car with a sustainable look. There are tons of approaches to cleaning your car, however, a cleaning routine should be simple and efficient. Experts point out that simple hand-washing regularly is one of the best ways to maintain the classic exterior look. In addition, waxing your car is advisable, especially after a hand-wash. The frequency is, however, subject to how often you use your car.

Finally, experts point out that regular check-ups are important for classic cars. These check-ups areideal especially if it is your first time to own a classic car. Thanks to the classy car trend, it is easier to find a mechanic with the expertise of handling classic cars. The sole purpose of the professional check-up is to ensure that the car is roadworthy and, more importantly, the engine is mechanically fit. It is also advisable to go to professionals that have a good reputation in handling classic cars. The professionals should also keep the record of your car to simplify check-ups in subsequent visits.  


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As a mechanical engineer turned blogger, Charlie provides readers with a technical, yet accessible look into the world of automotive engineering and design. His insightful posts make complex car technologies understandable.