In the last blog post I said that its a good idea to "arm yourself with information" before going out to search for the part that you need for your car. The reason that this is important is so that you can save yourself time and money by getting the correct part the first time. Whether you are ordering online, over the phone, or going to pick up the part at the business it will be much more efficient for you if you get the right part the first time so that you can get your car back on the road as soon as possible and not waste money on restocking fees or shipping charges back and forth for incorrect used parts. Most auto parts recycling business charge restocking charges to compensate for the time they spend to pull the parts to get them ready for customers, but if you have good information before you buy the used part then you can avoid this expense.
Searching on google or other search engines about the specific problem that you are having with your car can provide you with some good sources to diagnose the problem with the car. If you are having a problem with the car, then there is a good chance that someone before you has experience the same problem and may have written something to a forum about issue. For example, if your 2006 Audi A4 has a problem with the radio not getting good reception you could search this and find out that there is a common problem with the antenna booster with these cars and a forum will show you where the part is, what the part number is, and how to replace the part once you locate a good replacement.
We specialize in used Audi and Volkswagen parts and almost every Audi or Volkswagen part will have its original part number stamped on it somewhere. Below is an example of the antenna booster and just below the Audi logo you can see the numbers 8E5 035 225 AF. This is the part number and you can reference this number to find the correct part the first time. The list price from the dealer on this part is $291.60 new , but you can buy it from us for less than half that price.
I'm Vince FaGalde and I've been in the auto dismantling businesses since I was 15 working for my father pulling parts on the weekends and after school. Since then I have worked in every position in the industry and have owned three different specialized recycling businesses.