If you have ever called a dealership for replacement Volvo VNL parts, you were probably shocked at how much they cost. Even more shocking is when you contact a parts store and learn that the price is much cheaper. Your initial reaction might be to question the quality of cheaper parts; your secondary reaction after learning the parts are of equal quality is to buy the less expensive options.
If you are still questioning whether you could ever pay a lower cost for rare parts without sacrificing value, here are a few wise tips to show you how it is done.
Do Your Research
You can visit websites to shop around before you buy the parts you want or need. Some websites have large databases that you can search for parts domestically and internationally. It does not hurt to compare sites along with other specifics to get the most of what the parts websites have to offer.
Where these options are available, select the distance field so you can view market prices for your area. Find out the estimated delivery time. If you are buying from overseas, if could take more than a month to receive the parts.
Verify Parts Information
The list of some parts can be extremely long, especially when a vehicle has unique transmission and engine combinations. Add sensors, computers and starters to the list and you will have more from which to choose. Verifying the part number ensures it matches the specific type you need. Failing to confirm a part number could leave you with something you cannot use.
Parts for Volvos, classics, hybrid vehicles and other high-end models may be difficult to find. It might help to go in person to the parts store. Some shops might have the same car in their inventory, which will enable you to find that rare part that seemed elusive online.
It is also a possibility that the parts store will search other places on your behalf. They want your business and having a part that is close but not an exact match is not reason to turn you away. Pull out all the stops, so to speak. If more than one car like yours was made, finding replacement parts should not be a problem. Some parts may take longer to obtain, but you should eventually find what you need.
In all your searching, the dealer should be a last resort if price is an important factor.