Advice for buying parts

Before buying a new replacement part it might be worth assessing whether or not any damage is repairable, and if so, whether or not it is cheaper to repair rather than replace, with many parts however even if it is repairable without replacement it is still probably worth investing in a replacement part anyway, as a repaired part is always going to be more vulnerable than a new part, so it could be a good idea to have that spare part ready just in case your nifty repair work doesn’t last the test of time. You need to take into account the make and model of your vehicle - with something small and relatively inexpensive, such as a used Hyundai i10, will not cost too much to repair or replace so the decision will not need much thought. With something pricier however such as a high end sports car the difference could be hundreds if not thousands of pounds.

Another important thing to consider is tools, too many times I have ordered a new part, got myself all excited to play mechanic for the day, only to find that I didn’t have the correct tools for the job, so do your research and make sure you know what you need before your part arrives to avoid much frustration.

I would always recommend using the internet to your advantage when buying parts (over a garage repair), it offers a huge scope of choice and you can do it from your own bedroom no matter the time of day, it is far more convenient that visiting every scrap yard or shop within a 10 mile radius and it also saves a lot of time.

Do your research before getting your tools out, you don’t want to do more harm than good, plus its always embarrassing taking your botch repair job to someone who actually knows what they’re doing, so make sure this does not happen!