Buying Car Parts Online?

January 12, 2008

Buying your car parts online is not a bad idea. Buying them from a fraudulent site is. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of auto parts dealers parading their wares on the Web. Deciding on the most reliable source for your car parts is a crucial thing. Here are a few tips on how to buy discount auto parts online:

Conduct a background check

Always look for signs of professionalism and expertise before subscribing to online car part dealer’s services. It never hurts to spend a few minutes googling for background information on the dealer. If there is a phone number indicated in the site, call it. Also, feel free to inquire about the sites at the Better Business Bureau. Every region (supposedly) has one.

Knowledge is Power

When buying car parts, it is important that you are familiar with the device. Not knowing anything about the part would probably make the search, not only longer, but futile as well. Also, the internet is flooded with small time auto parts dealer that don’t know the difference between a radiator cap and a distributor cap.

Another sure sign of an online import auto parts dealer’s reliability is how much information they include about the product. Also, always look for warranty information. Remember, knowledge about the product reflect the integrity of the site.

Credit is good, really

Online dealers that accept checks and cash are rare. However, your credit card should do the trick. One advantage of purchasing thru credit card is that there is such a thing as fraud protection. Some credit card companies even improve on the fraud incident coverage mandated by law. Paypal is another good payment option, as this method also offers fraud protection. Conversely, online buyers should be warned that it is not advisable to use a debit card, especially for the first transaction.