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Auto Parts That Typically Wear Out

Most vehicles are used every day or at least several times a week. With that much wear on a car or truck, it's inevitable that some of the parts may eventually wear out. For this reason, we started this blog to inform you about vehicle parts that often need to be replaced. We aren't auto mechanics or car specialists, but we do drive cars and we wanted to become knowledgeable about the various car parts and components that typically wear out. After doing our research, we decided to share our information with others to help prevent breakdowns and expensive repairs. By reading our blog posts you'll learn which auto parts including the alternator, fuel pump, and brake components you should periodically check to make sure they're still functioning properly.




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How To Avoid Invalidating The Warranty For Your Used Auto Parts

by Dale Gibson

When buying used auto parts, buyers seek assurance that they can recover their money if something goes wrong with the part. Used auto parts dealers provide buyers with peace of mind by providing warranties.

However, each auto parts salvage yard will offer different types of warranties and warranty terms. By being aware of the following warranty exceptions, you can ensure your used auto parts are covered should a problem arise. 

Auto Part Does Not Meet Manufacturer Specifications

Some dealer warranties will recommend the makes, models, and years for the used auto parts they sell. If you place your new engine in a 1990 Chevy Silverado pickup truck when it is recommended for models from 1991–2000, your warranty could be invalid if something goes wrong.  

Or the seller may not recommend the make, model, or year for the part, but instead claim caveat emptor! In other words, you, the buyer, are responsible for ensuring you purchase the right part for the car. 

Limited Warranties 

Limited warranties are often offered for engines, transmissions, and batteries. On an engine, for example, the block, pistons, crankshafts and heads may be covered, but not additional parts such as belts, hoses, sensors, switches, and cables. 

When you have your mechanic install the engine, you may want to ask for any worn accessories to be replaced with new ones. If sensors malfunction and do not warn of engine problems, the engine could blow, in which case your engine will likely not be covered by the warranty. 

Improper Installation

When installing your used auto parts, always use an experienced mechanic who has earned a reputation for doing quality work on your model of car. Standard warranties will cover problems with the used auto parts when the manufacturer is at fault. The warranty will also cover refurbishment. When an auto salvage yard refurbishes a part, they will charge a higher price for the part and typically offer a warranty. 

Standard warranties will not cover problems that arise from the faulty installation of the part. If you have your mechanic install a new transmission and it breaks down because of faulty wiring on his part, you will have to prove the mechanic was not at fault. This will be easier to prove if your mechanic is a recognized expert who has no serious installation problems on his record. 

If disagreements do arise over the warranty, the seller will most likely plead caveat emptorlet the buyer beware! By doing your research, you can avoid warranty disputes.