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Where to look for spare car parts?

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If your car needs repair work, it can often be cheaper to do the job yourself. This can even include replacing damaged parts. However, if you’re new to DIY car repair, you might not know how to find the parts you need.

Different car models demand different parts. For instance, you may not be able to use Mazda CX5 parts in a Ford car. But where do you go to find the parts you need while avoiding getting ripped off?

There are actually a range of places you can find spare car parts.

Online Retailers

In this digital age, online is often the first port of call for many interested consumers, no matter the sought-after item. This includes car parts. You can find a range of parts online of varying qualities and for different prices. This can be a quick and easy to find what you want, particularly if your car is uncommon where you live.

With online retailers, the world is open to you. You can easily compare prices at different stores to ensure you’re getting a good deal. But don’t forget about the cost of shipping. This can become quite expensive if the part needs to travel a long way.

Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell if you’re looking at a reputable site. The parts sold to you may not accurately reflect what you thought you were buying, like being poor quality or a completely different item. It can also make returning or exchanging parts difficult.

Therefore, make sure to research the retailer before committing your money. It may also be best to try and look for online retailers in your country first to keep shipping costs down.

Online individual sellers

Along with online retailers, you can also find individual sellers online. They may be car enthusiasts, tradesmen or fellow DIYers. They may advertise their products on public trade sites like eBay or through car forums.

They’re unlikely to have an extensive range like an online retailer, but they may have Mazda CX5 parts that are harder to find. You may also be able to get a good deal or negotiate the price more easily.

But it can also come with more risk. Individual sellers may be less reliable than online retailers, so you need to make sure you’re confident that you’re getting what you pay for. Check their online reviews and ratings where possible. Discuss with them if they are open to returns or exchanges if there is an issue with the part too.

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Auto part retailers

If you’d prefer to look at parts in person, you can go to auto part retailers. Look for them in your local area.

Auto part retailers often have a wide range of parts, but these may only be for common vehicles. If you have a more exclusive car, they may not have the part you want. However, they may be able to recommend you to a store that does. Or they may be able to order it in.

Additionally, auto part retailers tend to sell good quality parts at fair prices. They may also offer warranties on any sales, as well as returns.

As with any seller, make sure you check that the auto part retailer is reliable. Look at reviews and speak to anyone you know who has purchased from them for their recommendation. Don’t forget, you can also compare prices at different stores. You can do this online by checking their websites, by calling them up or visiting the different stores yourself.

Junkyards and wreckers

If your budget is tight, used and second-hand parts can be a good way to go. Often the best places for these are junkyards and wreckers.You may be able to find a wider range of car parts here than at retailers, but it will depend on the cars that are common in that area.

Some wreckers and junkyards may also recondition parts and ensure they are working before putting them up for sale. Ask any wreckers you’re approaching if this is what they do, and if they offer warranties and returns.

Direct from car manufacturers

You can also purchase Mazda car parts direct from car manufacturers. This can be a good way to get a guaranteed good-quality product that will fit your car. However, they may be more expensive as they aren’t third-party parts.

However, before you purchase anything, do your research. Decide if the seller is reliable, if the price of the parts is reasonable, if the quality of the parts is acceptable, and find out if you can return parts or they come with a warranty. With the right research, you can find the parts you need every time without risking your money.

When to replace tyres?

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Whether you drive to commute or love four-wheel driving, you never want your car to be unable to manage. One of the most common reasons for cars to breakdown though is a flat tyre. Therefore, you need to keep an eye on them. Otherwise, if you neglect them, you may find yourself stranded for hours waiting for someone to come help.

And there are even more reasons why you should look after your car’s tyres. Want to find out why and how to do so? Read our handy guide below.

Why is it important to keep your wheels in good condition?

  • Safety: If your car’s wheels are in good condition, you have a reduced risk of a car accident. Therefore, keeping an eye on your tyres means you’re also looking out for your safety.
  • Improves car handling: Tyres that are in good condition also make your car easier to handle. You can expect improved steering responsiveness, acceleration and braking quality. Properly maintained wheels make your car easy to handle and, at the same time, improves the fuel mileage. In addition to this, it enhances the steering responsiveness, acceleration, and braking quality.
  • Improves fuel mileage: Looking after your car’s wheels can also save you money. Not only will you be able to avoid having to purchase new tyres as often, you actually will get better fuel mileage. With fuel prices continually increasing, this is an important benefit.
  • Reduces wear and tear while driving: Simple things like checking the air pressure and regularly rotatingyour cars can make a real difference. It will reduce the wear and tear that happens during driving. This helps to extend their useful life as well as performance too.
  • Legal requirements: Finally, ensuring your wheels are in satisfactory condition is also a legal requirement. You can even receive a defect notice for driving a car with worn wheels. This can be an unnecessary expense for anyone.

Now you know why you need to keep your tyres in good condition, it’s time to learn what signs to look for when it’s time to replace them.

Signs indicating you need to replace wheels:

  • Low tread

The tread on your wheels is a critical component. It works to disperse water and minimising slipping, helping the rubber grip the road. 1.5 mm is the minimum legal tread depth across the width of the tread. So, regularly check your tread depth.

Some tyres come with indicator bars to make it easier to monitor the tread wear. In some countries, if the tread pattern has worn out even if the indicator bars are still present, then wheels are also considered worn out.

  • Cracks in the sidewall

While treads are an obvious sign, you do need to be aware of others. This includes cracks appearing in the sidewall of the tyres. If not dealt with in a timely manner, it could lead to the tread separating more easily.

So, as soon as you start observing sidewall cracks, replace your wheels promptly.

  • Vibrating a lot

A certain amount of vibration is unavoidable while driving, especially on poor-quality roads. But if you notice increased or unexplained vibration, then there might be something wrong with your wheels. They could be misaligned or a problem with the rubber.

Now you know what signs mean it’s time to replace your wheels, it can help to also know ways to ensure you get the most out of them.

How do you get the most from your wheels?

  • Check and maintain correct air pressure

Make an effort to regularly check the air pressure. Aim for at least once a month when the tyres are not hot. You also check the air pressure before going on a long drive. Under-inflation can affect the car’s handling as well as cause extra heat to build up in the wheels, potentially leading to damage.

The correct air pressure range will be noted in your car’s manual. However, often it is between 25–30 psi.

  • Rotate wheels

Rotating your wheels ensures even wear, meaning that you get the most out of all your wheels. How often you should rotate your wheels will also be noted in your car’s owner’s manual. Typically, though, it’s every 8,000–13,000 miles.

  • Drive carefully

Last but not least, you can prolong the life of your tyres by driving and parking your car carefully. For example, avoid spinning your wheels when accelerating or locking them when your brake.

Conclusion:

It’s more than just about choosing high-quality tyres for your car to get the most out of them. You need to make sure they are well-maintained and replaced when needed too. By doing so, you’re ensured a safer and smoother ride, as well as minimizing the chances of getting stuck while you’re driving.